GUWAHATI, April 15 - For the second time within a span of six days, a severe cyclonic storm lashed the State, causing widespread destruction at many places, including State capital Guwahati, this afternoon. The thunderstorm was accompanied by rain and high-speed wind and lasted nearly 45 minutes in the city. It dislodged branches and uprooted trees, many of which fell on power lines, snapping electricity supply.�Many areas of the city were still awaiting restoration of power supply.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) told The Assam Tribune that among the worst-affected areas were Azara revenue circle in Kamrup (Metro) district, Dalgaon and Sipajhar revenue circles in Darrang district, Sarupathar and Bokakhat revenue circles in Golaghat district, Mangaldai revenue circle in Mangaldai district, Raha, Samoguri and Rupahi revenue circles in Nagaon district, Khoirabari revenue circle in Udalguri district, and Sonai revenue circle in Cachar district.
�As the thunderstorm took place during the afternoon hours, we are still in the process of compiling information from various districts. Till now, no human casualty has been reported. Lots of dwelling houses and other structures, trees, power poles, etc., have been damaged by the storm,� sources said.
In the city, the storm triggered a massive surging wave of dust over the river Brahmaputra, creating a fearsome spectacle which also went viral in social media. Many localities by the river bore the brunt of the dust storm. The wall of the old jail campus crumbled under the impact of the storm. The storm also caused a lot of damage in the Gauhati University campus, including a hostel (AT-8) building.
The ongoing lockdown also hindered power restoration work in the city which was struck by the thunderstorm around 12-15 pm. Many city roads were strewn with uprooted trees and branches, snapping power lines and disrupting vehicular movement.