Cyclone Sitrang: Helpline Opened, Schools Closed, Air connectivity snapped in NE

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A red alert indicating heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rainfall has been issued for Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura
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Guwahati: In view of the effects of cyclonic storm ‘Sitrang’, Kamrup (metro) district administration on Tuesday opened a helpline number 9365429314 for public assistance. The district administration has asked city denizens to report any infrastructural damages in the number as well as to dial it to seek any kind of emergency assistance.

Though the cyclonic storm has turned into a depression weakening further while heading towards India’s Meghalaya-Tripura through Brahmanbaria-Sylhet region, several parts of the state were hit by heavy rains and gushing wind.

In the city itself, some infrastructural damages have occurred which have been taken cognizance of. Huge trees were uprooted at several locations in the city too. The district disaster management authority (DDMA) teams along with officials of district administration were taking necessary measures in this regard.

In Nagaon also, several houses were damaged due to the storm on Monday night. Trees and electric poles were also uprooted in the Kaliabor, Bamuni, Sakmuthia tea estate, and Boraligaon areas of the district.

As per IMD, a red alert indicating heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rainfall has been issued for the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura earlier. The weather department warned of widespread rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rain at isolated places on Monday and Tuesday.

While in Meghalaya, chief minister Conrad Sangma’s function of inaugurating a school in South Garo Hills was cancelled on Tuesday, all schools in Aizawl and Lunglei districts in the southern part of Mizoram remained shut on Tuesday in view of cyclone Sitrang.

Mizoram government has already asked its citizens not to venture out to rivers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, air connectivity in the northeast has been affected due to the storm with some 10 scheduled flights cancelled since Monday morning. The Railways were also on high alert to tackle any eventuality.

As per the airport authority, at least three flights connecting Agartala with Kolkata and two flights connecting Agartala with Shillong and Aizawl, were cancelled amid poor visibility, adverse climatic conditions and other operational reasons.

Similarly, three flights from Imphal to Shillong, Delhi and Agartala were also cancelled, besides two other flights connecting Kolkata- Imphal- Dibrugarh and Dibrugarh-Imphal-Kolkata got cancelled due to the storm warning.

On the other hand, train services of Agartala-Sabroom-Agartala and the Agartala-Dharmanagar-Agartala have been cancelled while the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has intensified patrolling in Dima Hasao, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of Assam.

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