Heavy rains, storm lash Tirap, Longding districts

ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Incessant rains and storm with strong wind lashed various parts of Tirap and Longding districts of the State on Friday night in which both private and government property were destroyed.

According sources, school buildings, church, community hall, electric poles, roofs of hundreds of dwelling houses were badly damaged in various parts of both Tirap and Longding districts and hundreds of families were rendered homeless. 

In the disaster, school buildings in several circles of Tirap district including Deomali and Khonsa have been badly affected.

Sources informed that due to strong winds, the roofs of non-concrete houses and even RCC buildings were blown away.

Several boundary walls, boundary fencings, signboards of government departments, private parties and hoardings were completely damaged.

“A number of small and big trees were uprooted in both the districts due to which many roads were blocked affecting the movement of vehicles in the towns,” sources said, “However, the administrations have initiated efforts to clear the roads.”

The students, who are preparing for their examinations in the girls’ hostel of Khonsa HS School, have also been badly affected as the storm damaged the girls’ hostel.

“Report of damage has also been received from the Chasa village under Longo circle,” the sources said.

Damages have also been reported from Pullung Catholic Church, Patkai Colony and Type-V Colony in Khonsa township, Borduria police station area, Borduria village while the Higher Secondary School building at Deomali and several other buildings have been smashed by the storm.

Several other non-concrete houses in far-flung areas and rural villages have also been damaged. Communication system and power supply have been equally affected in both Tirap and Longding districts due to the disaster, a senior officer said.

Damages of dwelling houses and other buildings in Longding district due to heavy rains and storm have been reported, sources said.

As per Longding district administration sources, a team of the district administration along with the DDMO and police visited several parts of the district including Zedua village where 20 SPT houses, one community hall were damaged and two non-concrete houses were completely damaged.

Seven non-concrete houses in Longding township were damaged, the district administration said, however, four of the houses were damaged partially.

Damages of houses and standing crops were reported from Pumao. Damage of electric pole due to the storm kept the areas under darkness. However, the Longing district administration has started restoration work, sources said.

As of now, there has been no report of any human causality from any part of the district. The final report of destruction and damages is awaited, the district administration sources added.  

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