At least one person was killed, several injured, and hundreds of houses damaged when heavy thunderstorms and hailstorms – Nor’wester, locally called Bordoichila – lashed Assam and other Northeastern states on Saturday, with power transmission affected in many districts.
One person was killed during thunderstorm in Hailakandi district in southern Assam, officials in the Assam State Disaster Management Authority control room in Guwahati said on Saturday evening. “Reports of damage to houses are still being collected and compiled,” a control room official said.
In Guwahati, several localities including Anil-nagar, Tarun-nagar, Juripar, Panjabari, RG Barua Road were inundated due to flash floods that were triggered off by several rounds of heavy downpour that were accompanied by hailstorm during the day. Rain-water overflowing from drains also entered houses in those localities.
Trees and electric poles were uprooted in many districts including Nagaon, Hailakandi, South Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara, Baska, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Hailakandi, Silchar and Karimganj, reports said. Roofs of houses in many places in these districts were blown away while uprooted trees have disrupted power supply.
The regional weather office in Guwahati forecast said thunder-squalls with wind speed exceeding 60 kmph accompanied with hail was very likely to occur at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Saturday and Sunday. It also forecast “heavy to very heavy rain” in different districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya till Sunday.
Rains have already played havoc in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, with several houses getting damaged and even washed away due to flash flood that was triggered off by cloudburst and heavy downpour in Changlang district on Thursday. In Itanagar, the state government directed disaster management teams to remain on round-the-clock high alert in view of the heavy rains.