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Cyclone leaves Silchar powerless
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Trees uprooted by storm at Silchar, as seen on Friday. – UB Photos
 SILCHAR, April 29 - Civic facilities, including power and drinking water supply has been badly affected across Silchar after a cyclone ripped through the city on Thursday midnight.

Trees were uprooted in many areas, while roofs of many homes on the outskirts were blown away. Two persons died and many others sustained injuries because of trees collapsing the roofs of their houses.

According to the Cachar district administration, the dead have been identified as Bibhuti Rani Nath (65), a resident of Doodhpatil Part-V and Bina Bhakta (50) from Alney Tea Estate under Lakhipur sub division.

An urgent meeting was addressed by the Cachar DC S Viswanathan on Friday with officials of APDCL, PHE, PWD District Disaster Response and Information Cell, besides other departments to expedite relief and restoration works.

Silchar MP Susmita Dev and chairperson of Silchar Municipal Board Niharendra Narayan Tagore also attended the meeting. “We understand the extent of damage and all the concerned departments have been briefed about their tasks. The NDRF and SDRF teams are working on a war footing to help remove the uprooted trees and electricity poles so that power supply could be restored. We are prioritising on restoring power supply at Silchar Medical College and Hospital and at the PHE plant at Sadarghat,” the DC said.

Shamim Akhtar Laskar, Project Officer of the District Disaster Response and Information Cell informed that 20 NDRF men were engaged in removing the uprooted trees from Jail Road, Chandmari, Circuit House Road, CD Home at Meherpur,Tapang, VIP Road connecting Silchar with the airport along with a 25-member SDRF team brought in from Badarpur. He said that the power sub-station of the PHE water treatment plant at Sadarghat was hit by the thunderstorm.

On the other hand, vast areas of Udharbond constituency were affected by the cyclone.

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