GUWAHATI, April 3 - Heavy rains and storm caused heavy damage in the State during the past few days. Two persons lost lives in Cachar district and one each from Cachar and Dima Hasao is reported missing, while 637 houses have been damaged by the heavy rains and storm that lashed the State during the past few days, said an official press release issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here this evening.
The press release also stated that ten districts of the State, which include Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Karimganj and Majuli have been reported to be affected by the phenomena.
It further said that the Haflong-Guwahati Highway had to be closed for heavy vehicular traffic due to landslide, while 400 people have taken shelter in two relief camps in Karimganj district, which were later closed following improvement in the situation.
Meanwhile, two spells of hail storm lashed the city between 7 pm and 8 pm this evening. The first spell of the hail storm lasted for about half an hour. The second spell lasted for a relatively shorter period. However, there is no report received till the filing of this report of damage to any property, etc., due to the hail storm. The venue of the Namami Brahmaputra festival here has also remained unaffected.
The Borjhar-based Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) here said in its weather bulletin today that the city received an amount of 4 cm of rainfall during the past 24 hours, while during the said period, Kokrajhar received the highest amount of 19 cm of rainfall, followed by Cherrapunjee with 16 cm of rainfall, Roing with 15 cm of rainfall and Haflong with 13 cm of rainfall. Manas received an amount of 12 cm of rainfall and each of Aie National Highway Crossing and Pasighat receiving an amount of 9 cm rainfall during the period.