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Over 1000 houses damaged in thunderstorm in Nagaland

KOHIMA: Thunderstorm coupled with heavy rain has damaged over 1000 houses, injured two persons and snapped electricity supply in five districts in Nagaland, the State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) said here on Monday. Heavy rain and thunderstorm have been reported in Chuchuyimlang areas of Mokokchung district besides, Longleng, Phek, Wokha and Mon districts, a release issued by Khrienuo Metha, Secretary (Home) Relief and Rehabilitation said. Two persons were injured in the storm in Mongtikong village in Longleng district by the uprooted roof of a nearby house, he said. Damages to 816 houses were reported from 40 villages in Mokokchung district w hile 100 houses were damaged in Longleng and 16 houses were damaged in Wokha district, the NSDMA release said. A cyclonic storm h Tobu Sub Division under Mon district damaging 37 houses, Metha said. Damages in Phek district were under assessment, he said. Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority has deputed four officials to assist the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in physically assessing the damages and to provide relief to the affected people. Metha said three officials of NSDMA have been camping in Mon district since past week to monitor disasters. The team along with the DDMA distributed relief to Ukha village and surrounding villages in the district on Sunday. Altogether 330 affected families of the village were provided relief, Metha said. Several electricity poles were also uprooted in the affected districts resulting in blackout of many villages while mobile towers, paddy fields, granaries have also been damaged. Road connectivity has been affected as numerous trees were uprooted by the storm. State capital, Kohima and Dimapur also felt the thunderstorm last night but there were no reports of any damages. (PTI)

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