Tinsukia: Uprooted trees and electric posts, snapped electric cables and battered roofs in Doomdooma bore testimony to the impact of a massive storm that wrecked havoc in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday morning.

“Normal life has been completely thrown out of gear as winds battered Doomdooma circle in the district, blocking several roads and resulting in power cuts,” said Rubul Dutta, a resident of Rupai, one of the worst-hit areas in the circle.

Dutta said his family was woken up by loud noise at about 3.45 am. “The sound was frightening. When it stopped, we stepped out to witnessed large-scale devastation we have not seen before. A large tree had fallen inside the compound of my house. My neighbor’s house was totally damaged.”

Circle officer of Doomdooma, R Bhardwaj told EastMojo it is still too early to spell out the damage caused by the storm this morning.

“We have confirmed reports of over 50 big size trees and 12 electric posts uprooted at various places so far. The survey of damage to houses and other properties is under way,” he said.

“Luckily, no casualties and injuries have been reported, so far” Bhardwaj said, “The worst affected areas include Rupai and Tipuk.”

The official said he has received reports of several road blockades from several interior areas, which have also lost power due to the damage to electric poles and lines. “Half of the Doomdooma town is also facing power cuts since the storm hit.”

“The work to clear the roads and restore power supply is under way; it will take some time,” he added.

Earlier APDCL (Assam Power Development Corporation Limited) had put out a Facebook post: “Many places under Doomdooma ESD has faced a heavy storm on morning around 4.00AM today, line restoration will take time as many poles have been broken and conductors snapped. Please bear with us.”

According to sources, restoration of power supply may take up to two days in many interior storm-hit places in Doomdooma.

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