Cyclone ''Rashmi'' claims four lives in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Oct 27 (UNI) Four people died in Meghalaya, including a three month baby, in the cyclone ''Rashmi'' that hit the state early this morning.

A government official said three of a family, including two women, were killed and one was injured, when the wall of their house collapsed at Lumsohra here.

In another incident a twelve-year-old boy was drowned in the surging waters of Wah Umkhrah River, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner B Dhar told UNI here.

Cyclone ''Rashmi'' caused incessant rainfall along with gusty wind. Several trees, electric and telephone polls were uprooted and in many parts traffic snarls were reported throughout the day.

In Upper Shillong area, near the Eastern Air Command headquarters, traffic was brought to a standstill by uprooted trees during the day.

Electricity was also snapped during most part of the day here and in several district headquarters of the state. Telephone lines were also disrupted.

The meteorological department here said the cyclone, which laid centered (0830 hrs) 250 kms south west from here at Bangladesh, was weakening.

However, isolated rainfall is likely at Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura over the next 24 hours.

The tropical storm also plummeted temperature to below seven degree Celsius in the day time here in the state capital with most people rushing indoors.

The storm also dampened the festive Diwali mood with most of the shops remaining relatively empty.

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