Hailstorm kills child, damages hundreds of houses in Manipur

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Keirenphabi (Manipur), Apr 23 (ANI): A child was killed and five persons injured as a hailstorm, accompanied by high velocity winds lashed most parts of Manipur, officials said on Friday.

The storm also destroyed hundreds of houses and structures apart from uprooting trees and electric poles in Keirenphabi village in Bishnupur district of the state.

"Around 600-700 houses and all roofs broken because of the hailstorm. If we are to assess the whole range of damage, that would be tremendous," said K Panmei, Deputy Commissioner, Bishnupur district.

Meanwhile, under the leadership of the local councillor, a relief camp was opened at the community hall where many families have taken shelter.

"This is a relief camp opened here for those storm-affected families, who have no place to live in," said Premlata Devi, a councillor.

The authorities said they have taken stock of the situation and are giving immediate relief to the families. (ANI)

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