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Cyclonic storms displace over 10,500 families in Meghalaya

Several school buildings, community halls damaged alongside Indo-Bangladesh border; 3 sustain minor injuries in West Garo Hills district

Over 10,500 families in 700-odd villages of Meghalaya were affected after a massive cyclonic storm ravaged the state in the past three days. Many of the victims have been left without food and shelter.

Meanwhile, three persons sustained minor injuries during a massive storm that struck the West Garo Hills district of the state on Wednesday.

About 100 school buildings and a few community halls in the hill districts alongside the Indo-Bangladesh border were also damaged by the disastrous storm that hit Meghalaya in the past few days.

“Many houses and property have been damaged due to cyclone and hailstorm in different districts throughout the state. The state disaster management department and the respective district administrations are following up and taking necessary action to ensure relief is given to the people affected,” Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted after the incident.

Meanwhile, in a high-level meeting in Shillong on Thursday, revenue minister Kyrmen Shylla reviewed the situation in the storm-hit districts. The meeting was also attended by chief secretary PS Thangkhiew.

Shylla further directed the deputy commissioners of all the affected districts to reach out to the families and provide relief materials, especially to those in far-flung areas. The state chief secretary also asked the concerned DCs to submit a detailed assessment report of the damages at the earliest.

In the meantime, power supply to parts of West Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts that were disrupted following the storm are in the process of being restored. (Source: ASTMOJO)

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