5 December 2022

Guwahati / Agartala: The remnants of Cyclone Sitrang ripped through the northeast, bringing down houses, snap ping telecommunication networks, and damaging standing crops late Monday amid the gloomy forecast of more rain.

Several neighborhoods of Guwaha ti were left waterlogged, spoiling Diwali for many in the largest city of the region. The administration advised people to stay indoors as IMD said Arunachal Pradesh, north Assam, and Nagaland could witness moderate to very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours. While the cyclone weakened into a low-pressure area over northeast Bangladesh and Meghalaya, businesses were worried about road links between the states of the region snapping at multiple places.

Cyclone Strang Gives NE
Cyclone Strang Gives NE

Power and telecommunication services were hit in Tripura, besides dampening Diwali cheer by bringing traffic to a crawl on inundated roads. Power outages and telecom snags were reported in Sepahijala and South Tripura districts till Tuesday morning. Schools across Mizoram were shut as the rain refused to ebb. ” Cyclone Sitrang deviated from its predicted route and didn’t hit the state, as expected earlier. But the Met department predicts very heavy rainfall till Wednesday, ” a weather official in Aizawl said.

Flights to and from several cities in the region were canceled due to poor visibility and dense cloud cover. Lengpui airport near Aizawl was the worst – hit.

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