FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, April 5: Over a hundred villages in the district of South West Garo Hills have been affected by cyclone that hit the region on Saturday night.
Strong winds accompanied by rains bearing hailstones damaged houses and some crops in two villages of the district.
South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh said that the district administration is taking stock of the situation and necessary measures being taken to provide relief to the affected households.
As per initial reports, around twenty villages under Betasing block, including New Chondonpara, Chondon Nokat, Godalgre and Arenggre had been fully damaged.
But after actual assessment of the ground situation, Betasing BDO Albert Marak informed that altogether 139 villages were only partially damaged and that total number affected households is 247.
According to Marak, most of these households had their rooftops blown away by the strong winds.
Meanwhile, the BDO of Zikzak, Reuben Ch. Momin reported that Salmanpara, Dipara, chilpara, Bangpara and Chapahati villages under his block were partially damaged by the cyclone. Momin said that the exact extent of damages and the number of affected villages may increase after detailed survey.