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Cyclonic storm leaves trail of destruction

A severe cyclonic storm accompanied with heavy showers lashed several parts of the state in the early hours of Wednesday and ravaged homes as a number of trees were uprooted and electric poles snapped lines.
The districts of South West and West Garo Hills were severely affected by the storm while partial damages have been reported from the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh said that approximately 140 villages and 700 homes were affected. Three people received minor injuries at Adingre village, he added.
“We are giving general relief to the affected families and we are waiting for further reports from the blocks,” Singh said.
The deputy commissioner also said that all blocks under West Garo Hills district and Tura urban area were affected.
In South West Garo Hills, Deputy Commissioner Ram Kumar informed that around 3000 households were affected. However, there was no report of any casualty.
According to Kumar, in three blocks under South West Garo Hills district 53 villages were affected.
The Deputy Commissioner said that 27 villages were affected in Betasing block, 14 villages in Rerapara and 12 villages in Zikzak block.
In South West Khasi Hills, 11 villages under Mawkyrwat and Ranikor block were affected by the storm wherein six homes were severely damaged at Mawkohphet and 15 at Nongpdeng Kenbah.
Many houses were damaged at Mawkajem village under Pynursla.
According to reports, at least five houses were totally damaged and their roofs blown off by the storm which took place at around 3:30 am.
Meanwhile, the Shillong, the storm also brought down a big tree near Ward’s Lake.
The tree which fell on the road forced traffic authorities to enforce ‘no entry’ from Pine Wood Hotel junction towards Saw Phurlong in Polo.