Seven injured in Meghalaya squall

Shillong, April 5 (IANS) Seven people were injured and many families affected in a cyclonic storm here in the Meghalaya capital on Tuesday, officials said.

High velocity winds, accompanied by rain and lightning, blew away rooftops of many houses and uprooted trees and telephone and electric poles in Nongmynsong, Umpling, Pynthorbah and Nongpathaw areas in East Khasi Hills district.

“Seven people, including two women, were injured due to the squall. Several houses have been damaged,” East Khasi Hills District Magistrate Peter S. Dkhar told IANS over phone.

Dkhar said the government has taken all necessary steps to provide relief in the affected areas.

The weather office has forecast heavy rain in many places till Wednesday.

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