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At least 41 houses were destroyed in Vairengte in the northeastern most tip of Mizoram 
At least 41 houses were destroyed in Vairengte in the northeastern most tip of Mizoram |EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Violent storm hits Mizoram-Assam border, over 75 houses damaged

No casualties reported so far; occupants manage to escape before their dwellings collapse

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: More than 75 houses were damaged when a violent wind hit northeastern part of Mizoram bordering Assam on Monday morning, officials of state disaster management and rehabilitation department said.

No casualties have been reported, they said.

At least 41 houses were destroyed in Vairengte in the northeastern most tip of Mizoram on the state’s border with Assam, according to Vairengte Joint Young Mizo Association (YMA) president H Lalnunmawia.

Of the 41 villages, six have been completely destroyed by the violent wind, which occurred around 9 am on Monday, he said.

He said that some of the houses were collapsed when hit by the violent storm but there were no casualties as the occupants managed to escape before their houses collapsed.

Speaking to EastMojo, Saipum village council president R Lalchamliana said at least 12 houses were destroyed in their village due to violent wind. Of these 4 have been completely damaged, he said.

Saipum, a medium village with about 500 houses, is located in Bilkhawthlir block of Kolasib district on the Mizoram-Assam border. Lalchamliana said that the village council and YMA called community work on Monday to repair the damaged houses.

Sources said that more than eight dwelling houses were destroyed by violent wind at Saiphai, a village adjacent to Saipum near Assam boundary.

Lalruaitlingi, village council treasurer of the village, said three houses needed to be restructured. She said there were no casualties.

Sources also said that at least 12 houses were damaged at Phainuam village and two at Vaitin village on the Mizoram-Manipur border. Several plantations were also damaged at Phainuam, sources added.