HAILAKANDI, April 3 - At least 15 people, including woman and children, were injured due to a hailstorm in Hailakandi district on Sunday. Besides, thousands of houses, schools buildings and offices have been severely damaged. This is one of the major hailstorms after Independence that has lashed Hailakandi district.
One of the three injured persons, Farhana Begum Barbhuiya (45) of Sahabad village informed that the weight of each stone in hailstorm was minimum of 300 grams. Another two injured persons, Rafikun Nessa (37) of Sarbanandapur and Abdul Kashim Barbhuiya (12) of Rongpur, part VI village also expressed their nightmarish experiences of falling stones during the hailstorm over their houses.
The Deputy Speaker of State Assembly, Dilip Paul has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, Moloy Bora to provide relief and rehabilitation to the injured and affected people. A team of the district administration today took stock of the situation in the affected villages. The roof of Ramnathpur police station bordering Mizoram was blown away and the building was also affected. The thatched houses of Reang and other tribes were totally destroyed by the storm.
The injured persons are undergoing treatment in Hailakandi civil hospital. Critically injured Mokbul Hussain of Sewalipur village has been referred to Silchar Medical College Hospital. Another person Bapan Roy of Upalcherra is also undergoing treatment with critical injuries in the civil hospital. The power supply has been totally disrupted in the area.
The administration sources informed that the affected villages of Hailakandi district are � Sarbanandapur, Abdullapur, Mohammedpur, Krishnapur, Tantoo-Dhonipur, Sewalipur, Koyah, Appin, Rongpur, Nijbarnarpur, Lakhinagar, Monacherra, Kukinagar, Singala, Ramchandi, South Josnabad, Chorarpar, Lalamukh, Lalacherra, Varnarpur, Nunai, Upalcherra, Katlicherra, Sahabad, Sonacherra, Rupacherra, Dinanathpur, Appin, Ramnathpur Jamira, Gharmurra etc.
The president of Hindu Jagaran Mancha, Panna Nath informed that about hundred school buildings have been damaged due to the storm in different places of southern Hailakandi and demanded immediate repair of these schools. He said that five schools have been damaged at Lalacherra cluster alone. The circle officer of Lala, Madhumita Nath has also toured different villages of Lala and took stock of the situation.
A large number of domestic animals have also been died in both the districts due to the hailstorm.