DIBRUGARH, April 23 - A strong wind followed by thunderstorm caused massive damages to hundreds of peoples� houses, their granaries and livestock in different parts of the district last night.
Power supply has also been disrupted in the areas as electric poles were uprooted as also trees fell on the electric wires and on standing houses of the affected families.
District officials who are still continuing with assessment of the damages said that so far 1827 houses have been counted which were affected in some 93 villages across the district, of which some 580 families have been displaced as their houses have been fully destroyed.
Among six affected Revenue Circles, Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle remained the worst affected Revenue Circle with 624 houses partially damaged and with 478 houses fully destroyed. One Diganta Dehingia of Sessa Nagaon reportedly sustained leg injury when a GI sheet flew off a house roof and hit his leg.
Trail of destruction was seen today in Sessa Nagaon, Singibil, Kothalbam, 1 No. Lezai, Baruagaon, Jugurubongaon, Bordoibam and 2 No. Dewan gaon, among others, in Larua mouza under the Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle. Gaonburha Pradip Dehingia of 2 No. Garudharia Lat told The Assam Tribune that almost nothing has been left unaffected. �Major harm was caused to people as trees fell on houses and on granaries. The storm first lashed the area for about an hour from 5 pm. We had assumed that the storm had subsided but suddenly the storm came back with major force at around 6:30 pm, uprooting trees, electric poles, houses and granaries. Several trees fell on houses, which caused major damages to our belongings inside the house as also to livestock,� he said.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Deepu Kumar Deka said that tarpaulins and other relief items have been rushed to the affected areas and assessment was continuing. Relief camps will be erected on need basis from tomorrow, he added.