Kohima: Two people were injured as rains coupled with thunderstorm lashed several parts of Nagaland on Monday evening. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and power infrastructure in the state.
As per a directorate of information and public relation (DIPR) release, Kiphire was one of the most affected districts. While several houses were damaged, two persons were injured. However, no other casualties have been reported so far.
The Kiphire district information & public relation officer (DIPRO) office building was also partially damaged and power supply completely cut off in the district. During the monsoon landslide last year, Kiphire was completely cut off from other districts due to incessant rains.
Several trees were also uprooted in Chumoukedima of Dimapur district leading to minor road blockades. Prior to the storm, the power department had shut down power supply in some areas as a precautionary step to ensure public safety.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted thunderstorms and gusty winds (30-40kmph) from May 11 to 15 due to two active western disturbances and cyclonic circulation likely to affect the western Himalayan region, Northwest India and the Northeast region.
Meanwhile, Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio tweeted that immediate relief efforts were extended to people affected by the sudden storm in parts of Nagaland and ensured “restoration of power, telecommunications and roads to be done on war footing, especially in the districts of Kiphire, Phek, Tuensang and Dimapur”.
As per reports, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Assam are likely to experience moderate rain and thundershower with gusty winds in the coming week.