With April soon approaching, strong winds and impending storms have begun to affect parts of the region causing destruction to life and property. On March 25 in Manipur, fierce wind in Imphal at around noon destroyed many houses and also flew away a four wheeler vehicle at Khurai area. Reports also mentioned that roofs of some of the houses at Uripok were blown away by the fierce wind. Many houses were also reported to have been blown away at Bishnupur.
In Agartala on the same day, at least four persons died and two more were injured when a gusty storm hit the state while more than a hundred of houses were damaged, electricity poles and trees were rooted out. According to police, a group of labourers were moving towards Boxanagar from Bishalgarh in West Tripura boarding on a Bolero Pickup Van the gusty storm hit the vehicle and the driver lost the control over the vehicle leading to a fatal accident. “Three labourers identified as Buddha Nayak, Sankar Lohar and Sonatan Sannyashi, all from Ranchi were died on the spot while two more were injured in the accident,” said a senior police officer.
All the victims were taken to nearby hospital where two injured labourers were released as their condition is stated to be critical, he said. “Preliminary investigation reveals, the driver might have lost the control over the vehicle due to the high velocity wind with heavy shower that resulted in the fatal incident,” he adding that an investigation has already been started into the incident. Meanwhile, a middle-aged woman died when a big size tree fell on her near State Veterinary Hospital, Abhoynagar this morning. Incessant rain in the morning affected normal life in North and West Tripura since morning.
Earlier on March 18 in Assam, with warnings of strong winds from the weather department, the night storm wreaked havoc in Guwahati besides other parts of the state. Communication was disrupted in the Kachari Basti-Bhangagarh road in the capital city after several trees were uprooted in front of the GMCH. One person was injured after a tree fell nearby the Rajdhani nursery in Ganeshguri. The storm also caused extensive damage to the FISHFED office at Rupnagar.
The storm also caused devastation at Kokila in Bongaigaon damaging houses at Nambarpara, Golapara, Bhandara besides other places causing power outage. Massive damage to human property was also reported from Baihata Chariali, Kampur in Nagaon. One person identified as Krishna Das was killed after lightning struck him at Alimur village in Majuli.
Two persons were injured at Silpata of Mushalpur in Baksa district. The storm damaged more than two hundred houses at Bhogapara, Sowansri, Digholdonga, Narayanpur, Belguri, Borimukh and Lambidara.
TNT News with inputs Agencies