SHILLONG, April 16 - The State Capital here plunged into total darkness this morning as heavy rain accompanied by thunder squall and hail lashed the city damaging houses and uprooting trees.
Officials said the damage to households were reported mostly in the city suburbs. However, there have been no report of any death or injury so far.
In Barapathar area, strong wind blew the rooftops of four houses. Rooftops were also blown away in Mawlai Mawatawar, Ishawarat Kriet and Mong Pathaw, all in the city suburbs. Relief materials have been provided to the affected families, officials added.
Earlier in the morning, the State Capital was covered in white with hailstones covering streets and rooftops. In many areas window panes were damaged by the pebble-sized hailstones. In East Jaintia Hills, a large number of cattle heads were reportedly found dead.
The power connection was erratic in several parts of the city during most part of the day and due to the foul weather people stayed indoors and the streets wore a deserted look.
Over the past week, the State Capital and its surrounding areas have witnessed extreme weather condition ranging from soaring heat with temperature breaching the 28 degree Celsius mark, to cyclonic storms.
Today, the temperature has plummeted to 17 degree Celsius in the State Capital. Added to these weather conditions was the tremor, which has made people all the more anxious.
Meanwhile, the Met department has forecast thunder squall with wind speed exceeding 60 kmph accompanied with hail and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya for the next two days.
Similar weather conditions are also likely to prevail over Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for the next couple of days.