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Severe hail storm strikes Kailashahar, causing extensive damage


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 27th April 2024:   Kailasahar, a town nestled in the heart of the Unakoti district found itself ravaged by a heavy storm and hail late at 3 AM on Saturday. The calamitous onset of nature’s fury unleashed widespread destruction, leaving a trail of devastation across several wards of the Kailashahar Municipal Council area, including Durgapur, Uttarkacherghat, and Forest Office Road.

Preliminary reports indicate that numerous residential properties and business establishments bore the brunt of the calamity. Among the worst-hit areas were those adjacent to Forest Office Road and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s office, where scores of homes and shops lay in ruins.

One such casualty of the disaster was the business establishment of esteemed artist Prasenjit. Nestled adjacent to the Forest Office, Babu’s shop suffered significant losses amounting to an estimated 2 to 3 lakh rupees, as two towering trees succumbed to the relentless storm, crashing down upon his livelihood. Similarly, neighboring artist shops shared a similar fate, with countless statues and commercial roofs bearing the weight of the calamity’s wrath.

The news of this catastrophe reached the ears of Kailashahar MC Chairperson Chapala Debroy and Vice Chairperson Nitish Dey, prompting an urgent visit to assess the damage firsthand. However, as of the latest updates, no administrative officials have yet arrived on the scene to offer assistance or support.

Traversing beyond Forest Office Road, the devastation continued its unforgiving march. Near the Kailashahar Sub-Divisional Administrator’s office, opposite the fire department, a venerable tree collapsed onto a local shop, inflicting further financial woes upon shopkeeper Mitu Das, who reported losses nearing 70 thousand rupees.

Reacting swiftly to the crisis, Chairperson Chapala Debray ventured into the disaster-stricken areas early in the morning, surveying the extent of the damage. He noted the uprooting of electric poles, the shattering of residential roofs, and the widespread destruction of trees, all of which compounded the plight of affected families and traders.

In response to this calamitous situation, Debray vowed to engage with administrative officials to coordinate relief efforts and extend aid to those impacted by the disaster. The affected families, businessmen, and residents alike await eagerly to witness the actions and measures that the administration will undertake in the wake of this tragedy.

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