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1 killed in Arunachal storm

 ITANAGAR, May 17 - Cyclonic storm accompanied by rain left a trail of destruction in Arunachal Pradesh, killing a person, rendering 100 people homeless and damaging houses.

One Khonil Gogoi of New Mohong area in Namsai district died on the spot when a building collapsed on him on Monday evening during the storm, an official report said today.

The storm, which lasted for about 90 minutes, also damaged 180 houses completely and several others partially besides uprooting many trees, snapping power supply lines and damaging cattle sheds and granaries.

The uprooted trees have blocked several inter-village roads in Lekang Circle and the local administration and police have swung into action to clear the roads.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who is also the local MLA, has expressed shock and grief over the loss of life. He has asked the district administration to provide immediate and necessary assistance to the affected.

Incessant rain in the past couple of days triggered flash floods at Dirang in West Kameng district on Monday, damaging government and private properties.

The BSNL exchange has been totally damaged and mobile service has been affected.

The storm also left a trail of destruction in Riangchi-Poriang village of Parsi-Parlo Circle in Kurung Kumey district.

The storm which hit the village on Monday damaged several houses, including an Anganwadi Centre and a church.

Hundreds of fruit bearing trees, bamboos groves were also uprooted. – PTI

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