Guwahati: As many as 4,483 houses were damaged as a massive hailstorm swept through several areas of upper Assam, officials said.
According to an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report, a total of 4,483 houses were damaged across 132 villages in Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts.
Almost 18,000 people have been affected, and the families hit by the hailstorm were supplied with tarpaulin sheets, it said.
The severe hailstorm lashed the upper Assam areas late on Monday and early Tuesday, an official of the Dibrugarh district administration.
Several schools have also suffered damages along with crops in large areas of agricultural land in the hailstorm, a rare phenomenon in this part of the state during the winter season, officials said.
“Have instructed officials to make a detailed assessment of the damages caused. Government is extending all possible help to all those affected by it,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati issued a ‘Yellow Alert’ for the entire northeastern region and said thunderstorms and lightning with hail are very likely to occur at isolated places over the seven states.