SHILLONG, April 3 - Strong wind accompanied by rain and hailstorm has lashed Meghalaya for the past 24 hours and caused damages to several houses in different parts of the State, although no casualties have been reported so far.
In East Khasi Hills� Mawsynram block several villages were affected. Around 352 houses were damaged in 16 villages under Dangngar and Phodstein Circles. Altogether, around 26 villages were affected in Mawsynram block. Some houses were also damaged in villages falling under Mawphlang and Mylliem.
In South West Khasi Hills district, houses were damaged due to strong wind and hailstorm. An estimated 300 houses were damaged in 36 villages under Ranikor Community and Rural Development block. A temporary relief camp has been set up at Pancharing area by the district administration for the affected people.
In West Khasi Hills district which is particularly prone to such cyclonic storms, at least 21 houses have been uprooted in seven villages.
Damage to houses was also reported in East Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts. Teams of relief workers have been rushed to the affected areas.
Following the storm, temperature has plummeted and attendance in schools and colleges in the State Capital was poor. Traffic on the street was also thin.