India: Cyclonic storms in Assam Situation Report 25 Apr

Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
NDM Division

Subject: Assam - Cyclonic storm on 22.4.2003 in District Dhubri - Situation Report.

A severe cyclonic storm lashed through Kalapani area of Mankachar Revenue circle of Hatsingimari sub-division of Dhubri district of Assam at 1830 hrs. of 22nd April, 2003. The storm affected 8 villages and caused extensive damage in the area. The thunderstorm uprooted trees and destroyed shanty dwellings disrupting the normal life. India Metrological Department (IMD) had issued a general local warning about the impending thunder squall in the north-eastern region.


Loss of human lives : 35

No. of persons with serious injuries : 150

No. of persons with minor injuries : 1350

No. of families affected : 650

No. of cattle head lost : 57

No.of houses fully damaged : 1350

No.of houses partially damaged : 650

Total estimated damage : Rs.2.00 crore

Steps taken by the Central/State Governments

BSF personnel who have a post in the area immediately rushed to the affected villages and undertook rescue and evacuation operations. BSF provided first aid to the persons injured. They have also set up lungar (free food) for the villagers and have also put up tents for providing shelters. The BSF is continuing to provide assistance to the affected people.

The State Government had rushed assistance. The Dy. Commissioner, Dhubri is camping there and the Divisional Commissioner is also there. The Revenue Minister has visited the area and Chief Minister is visiting today.

Medical Teams were sent from Dhubri and Goalpara districts. 28 seriously injured people have been moved to the hospitals at Goalpara and 2 to Guwahati. The State Govt. has distributed ration and providing relief material (Polythene- 5,000 meters, Rice-60 Qtls, Chura-10 Qtls, Gur-2 Qtls, Dal-4 Qtls, Salt-1.5 Qtls, Saree-500 pieces and Lungee-500 pieces).

The Central Relief Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs is in constant touch with the State Govt. and have advised them to immediately provide relief out of Calamity Relief Fund which includes gratuitous relief, treatment for injured people, clothing and utensils and for repair of damaged houses. The State Govt. has also been requested to indicate if any assistance was needed from the Central Govt.

The position is being monitored constantly and the Ministry of Home Affairs is in touch with the State Government.

(S.K. Swami)


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