Kohima, May 14 : High velocity winds accompanied by heavy rainstorm lashed several parts of Nagaland yesterday evening left a trail of destructions with trees were uprooted, roofs of houses blown away and also severely disrupting power supply in Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Mon and Kiphire districts.
According to the reports received from the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), there were three cases of injuries, out of which one was admitted to hospital and four houses was completely destroyed and another 10 were partially damaged in Longmatra town in Kiphire. Besides several houses that were damaged in Kiphire district, power supply was also cut-off for several hours as four electric poles were also uprooted. Some places of the state also experienced hailstones showers for few minutes damaging the standing drops and vegetables plants.
The commercial hub of Nagaland, Dimapur town the storm started at around 5:10 PM, thereafter moving upward to Kohima, Wokha and other areas of the state. NDSMA officials informed that damages to houses and trees were reported from Chumoukedima, Rilan area of Dimapur, parts of Mon and Mokokchung districts. In Dimapur, some thatched-houses were also damaged in Rilan Village near Dilai gate. Apart from uprooting trees, electricity supply was also severely hit in most part of Dimapur and surrounding areas nearly 3 to 4 hours after the storm. In several parts of Dimapur, fallen tree branches also obstructed traffic while power supply was cut-off for over five hours. The heavy downpour also caused flood in several low-lying areas of Dimapur.
In the state capital Kohima, a sudden gust of high velocity wind hit the town last evening at around 06.00 PM, creating panic to the people, which continued for half-an-hour, followed by heavy showers of rains. The high-velocity winds, under the cover of black clouds, preceded thunderstorm over Kohima which uprooted many trees and damaged several houses in Kohima, where people ran helter-skelter for safe shelter. The footpath vendors abandoned their business and businessmen down their shutters, due to the high velocity winds. A temporary roof structure of the ongoing basketball tournament at the Kohima Local Ground was also blown away, sources said.