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Meghalaya assessing damage caused by thunderstorm



Staff Correspondent

Shillong: The actual impact of the devastation caused by the heavy rain and thunderstorm in Meghalaya will only be known after a review committee meeting on Monday. Conceding that the rain and thunderstorm last week have caused serious damage to many areas of the State, Meghalaya Minister in-charge of Revenue and Disaster Management Kyrmen Shylla told The Sentinel that his department is working closely with the District Commissioners .

“A sum of Rs 20 lakh for each district is already in place for any interim relief”, Shyllya said, adding, “The Government will further reconsider the rehabilitation on the basis of the assessment of the damage based on the report of the district administration.

As per the initial official report received from the districts, the total number of villages affected are 700 and households affected are 10,554. Besides about 100 school buildings and few community halls have also been damaged. Sources said that the rate is likely to go up when the final report is in place with the review committee scheduled on Monday. The State Minister also said that the review meeting will further determine on the additional funds to be issued to the districts. He said that the additional funds will depend on the impact assessment.

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