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Devastating storm kills two in Digboi, Bordumsa

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DIGBOI, Feb 23: In a devastating and ravaging storm accompanied by rainfall and hailstone, two girls were killed on Wednesday  evening at two separate places of Pengaree and Bordumsa after uprooted trees fell on them in their respective houses.

According to the relatives of the deceased at Pengaree No 1Tokopather village under Pengaree Police Station in Tinsukia district, the victim Pom Newar (15), daughter of Rohit Newar, was killed on the spot when she had gone to shut the door of her house during the storm. A team of administrative officials and local MLA Bhaskar Sharma visited the bereaved family and extended fincial aid. Pom was a student of Pengaree High School and was appearing in the ongoing HSLC examition.

In  a similar tragedy, Mi Mura (16), daughter of Kushnu Mura of Khauji Pather, a neighbouring border village under Bordumsa xircle in Changlang district of Aruchal Pradesh, lost her life after she a huge tree fell on her when she was hiding under the bed to avert the impact of the furious storm blowing in the evening at around 5.30 pm.

ADC Bordumsa Mika Nyori and his team comprising the BDO and other officials visited the place and took stock of the situation, besides offering condolence at the unexpected loss of a young life. Local MLA Nikh Kamin also expressed deep sorrow at the tragedy and extended fincial aid for the bereaved family members, besides assuring adequate compensation for the loss.

A furious storm accompanied by hailstone caused large-scale devastation in several locations of Digboi, harkatiya, Margherita, Jagun and Bordumsa. Several houses were damaged, agricultural crops, including tea gardens, were hit, besides uprooting the electric poles. The roof tops of houses were either blown away or smashed after the trees fell upon the dwellings. The roads at several rural and urban pockets were blocked in the morning. The administration has geared up in all possible fronts to render quick service to the affected people, besides the disaster response team assessing the damage and assisting the people to avert further loss by means of suggesting timely precautions.

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