DIBRUGARH, April 18 � More than two thousand living houses, paddy (dhan bhoral) in the district have been damaged in the last nights thundershowers even as the storm uprooted and upended hundreds of trees in the affected areas, causing power outage and posing communication hurdles.
One Phulmoni Murah (65) in Romai tea estate died after being buried under the debris of a damaged house. Several people who sustained injuries in the area have been rushed to Assam Medical College and Hospital. Death of some cattle has also been reported from Ghutung area under Tengakhat revenue circle. Going by the magnitude of damage of the houses and trail of destruction, Dibrugarh East, Dibrugarh West and Tengakhat revenue circle have been worst affected by the storm.
�Some 400 houses have been partially damaged and about 200 houses have been totally destroyed in Dibrugarh East revenue circle. In Tengakhat, about 1400 houses have been destroyed and some 200 houses have been destroyed in Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle,� Deputy Commissioner M S Manivannan told The Assam Tribune. The storm has hit several houses in Moran and Tingkhong revenue circle areas.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration was assessing the damage caused in the areas and at the same time it has been distributing relief materials like food items and tarpaulin for temporary sheltering. He said that the rehabilitation measures would be carried out soon after the assessment.
The villagers in most areas were caught unaware as the thunder shower had started with scanty rain. Some of the villages which were worst hit in the district included Romai TE, Belbari, Ghutung, Majipora, Phutahulla, Konwaripathar, Telpani, Nagaon Rajgarh, Sagolikota, Dongorupathar, Naharhaku, Singlijan, Ghuramara, Tinthengia, Naukhat, Missing Gaon, Tepouguri, Nasani, Lengeri, Lezai, Kalakhowa etc. A school building in Phutahulla and one Anganwadi Kendra in Nagaon Rajgarh area was also damaged.