GUWAHATI, April 18: A severe cyclonic storm accompanied with heavy showers lashed Guwahati and several parts of Assam in the early hours of Wednesday leaving three persons injured and a trail of destruction.
Officials of Regional Meterological Centre (RMC) here said a cyclonic circulation lies over east Assam and neighbourhood and extends upto 1.5 km above mean sea level. It has forecast light to moderate rain or thundershowers at a few places in the next 24 hours and warned of thunder squall with maximum wind speed reaching upto 60 to 70 kmph at isolated places.
The storm swept across Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Nagaon and Morigaon as well as Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup (Rural), Nalbari, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Dhubri from 2.47 am for several hours
The storm blew up four houses in Bakaliaghat in Karbi Anglong. However, there is no report of any casualty. Strong wind accompanied by heavy showers also hit other parts of Karbi Anglong district. It damaged houses, blew away the tin roofs of a large number of houses, uprooted trees and electric poles and snapped power lines.
In Guwahati, the power supply was disrupted for more than six hours due to the high velocity storm and accompanying heavy rains. The storm also damaged damaged pandals erected for the ongoing Rongali Bihu festival forcing dancers and singers to end their programmes. The Bihu pandals at Latasil, Chandmari, Noonmati, Rukmini Gaon, Maligaon areas and many other places of Assam were badly affected in the storm.
Several trees were also uprooted on the city roads disrupting road traffic and power supply for the whole day on Wednesday. Most of the roads across Guwahati were strewn with torn branches and a blanket of leaves covered all over.
The winds were so heavy and so harsh that several tinned roofs were blown away leaving people to spend the rest of the night under the open sky amid continuous rain that continued till early morning. There are reports of extensive damages of several school buildings where polling stations have been set up for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Three persons, including a woman, sustained serious injuries during the thunderstorm at Rangolumukh in Nagaon district. They have been shifted to hospital. On the other hand, a tree fell on the Silghat-Nagaon section of Northeast Frontier Railway near Salna disrupting train services, railway sources said adding work is on for early restoration of the line and movement of trains.
At Jagiroad in Morigaon district a huge tree fell on Kapili bridge halting traffic for several hours, the sources said.