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Assam: Heavy rainfall, storms claim 14 lives in two days

In all, at least 21,000 people have been affected, as the storms have left homes and properties destroyed in their wake, including 7,344 homes, as well as uprooted several trees and electric poles.

By: Express News Service | Guwahati |
Updated: April 18, 2022 5:52:20 am
Assam rainfall, Assam rains, Assam rainfall deaths, Assam IMD update, Assam news, Guwahati rains, northeast newsParts of the Northeast have been marked by torrential rainfall since the beginning of the month. (File)

AT LEAST 14 people, including two minors, were killed as severe storms and rain lashed various parts of Assam over the past two days, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin said.

According to the bulletin, eight people died on Friday (four in Dibrugarh, three in Barpeta and one in Goalpara), and another six lives were lost on Saturday (three in Tinsukia, two in Baksa and one in Dibrugarh). The deaths were caused due to storms and lightning.

In all, at least 21,000 people were affected, as the storms left behind homes and properties destroyed in its wake.

At least 7,344 houses were damaged in the storms, which uprooted trees and electric poles in several areas. The inclement weather conditions are expected to continue till April 18, said authorities.

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Parts of Northeast have been marked by torrential rainfall since the beginning of the month. In an advisory issued earlier this week, the India Meteorological Department had warned of heavy rainfall over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya till April 18.

On Thursday, more than 1,000 houses were affected in a cyclonic storm in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi.

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