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Heavy storm lashes city; power, water supplies hit

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 2 � A heavy storm lashed Guwahati last night causing extensive damage in different parts of the city. At least 50 big trees were uprooted, snapping vital electricity lines, which in turn hit water supply in different areas of the city.

At least 50 government buildings, including the Circuit House, State Museum, the Chief Justice�s residence, the DC�s residence and office suffered damage.

The Kamrup Metro district administration, with the help of officials from revenue and forest departments, PWD Roads, GMC, ASEB and police, started restoration and damage rectification exercise since the morning.�

A number of rescued birds were sent to the Assam State Zoo. The birds rescued from the uprooted trees, included three darter or snakebirds, 24 cattle egrets � out of which, six died and four suffered fractures. A wounded kite has also been rescued, but the survival

possibility of the bird could be known only after 72 hours, said sources in the forest department.

Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu visited the affected places and directed the forest department to go for trimming and pruning of trees in and around major arterial roads. He also directed the PWD (Building) to assess the damage and undertake restoration work if necessary, immediately.

On the other hand, only 20 per cent areas of the city could avail power supply this morning as a result of the damage caused by last night�s high velocity winds. The severely affected areas fall under the Paltan Bazar Electrical Subdivision.

Due to the uprooting of trees, which damaged the power lines, maximum damage was caused in the vicinity of Rabindra Bhawan, GNB Road-VIP Road point and Tayebullah Road. Areas like Narengi, Chandrapur, Panjabari-Narengi and part of the VIP Road also were affected.

According to APDCL officials, nearly 75 per cent of the power supply damage could be rectified by 5 pm today, and it was expected that by 8 pm, 90 per cent of the damage would be rectified.

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Heavy storm lashes city; power, water supplies hit

GUWAHATI, May 2 � A heavy storm lashed Guwahati last night causing extensive damage in different parts of the city. At least 50 big trees were uprooted, snapping vital electricity lines, which in turn hit water supply in different areas of the city.

At least 50 government buildings, including the Circuit House, State Museum, the Chief Justice�s residence, the DC�s residence and office suffered damage.

The Kamrup Metro district administration, with the help of officials from revenue and forest departments, PWD Roads, GMC, ASEB and police, started restoration and damage rectification exercise since the morning.�

A number of rescued birds were sent to the Assam State Zoo. The birds rescued from the uprooted trees, included three darter or snakebirds, 24 cattle egrets � out of which, six died and four suffered fractures. A wounded kite has also been rescued, but the survival

possibility of the bird could be known only after 72 hours, said sources in the forest department.

Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu visited the affected places and directed the forest department to go for trimming and pruning of trees in and around major arterial roads. He also directed the PWD (Building) to assess the damage and undertake restoration work if necessary, immediately.

On the other hand, only 20 per cent areas of the city could avail power supply this morning as a result of the damage caused by last night�s high velocity winds. The severely affected areas fall under the Paltan Bazar Electrical Subdivision.

Due to the uprooting of trees, which damaged the power lines, maximum damage was caused in the vicinity of Rabindra Bhawan, GNB Road-VIP Road point and Tayebullah Road. Areas like Narengi, Chandrapur, Panjabari-Narengi and part of the VIP Road also were affected.

According to APDCL officials, nearly 75 per cent of the power supply damage could be rectified by 5 pm today, and it was expected that by 8 pm, 90 per cent of the damage would be rectified.

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— Dalai Lama(THIS IS STATIC)