Shillong: Meghalaya revenue and disaster management minister Kyrmen Shylla on Wednesday said that a total of four people lost their lives due to the cyclonic storm that wreaked havoc in several districts of the state last week.
A total of 10,263 of the population were affected, leaving four dead and two injured.
160 houses were fully damaged and 2,199 houses were partially damaged.
Shylla informed that Ri-Bhoi District was the worst affected due to the heavy rainfall.
“According to the report we received, 47 villages in Umsning Block and 29 villages in Bhoirymbong Block were affected due to cyclonic storm in Ri-Bhoi District on April 14 2022,” informed Shylla.
Under Mawthadraishan Block in Eastern West Khasi Hills, three houses were severely damaged and 690 were partially damaged due to the rainfall and hailstorm on April 17 and 18.
One house was damaged due to a fire incident and wall fencing collapsed at Wapung Block, East Jaintia Hills on April 15.
Six cattles also died due to a lightning strike on April 15 at Amlarem block in West Jaintia Hills.
“Out of the four, two deaths were due to landslide at Mawlat under Mawkynrew Block,” said Shylla. Several reports of landslides were also received from East and West Khasi Hills District.
The cyclonic storm between April 17 and 19 at Nongstoiñ and Mawshynrut block left 695 houses partially damaged and two houses fully damaged.
The minister further urged citizens to be alert with the incessant rains. He added that such mishaps keep happening during the pre-monsoon season and urge citizens to be careful.
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