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Malda blocks hit by storm

- More than 600 families left homeless after strong winds damage hutments

April 28: A storm wrecked havoc in two blocks of Malda district and Islampur subdivision of North Dinajpur last night and left more than 600 families homeless.

No deaths have been reported and no one was injured.

“Yesterday evening, a violent storm hit certain areas in two blocks of Malda district. The block development officers of the concerned blocks visited the spots. They have been asked to submit a detailed report on the loss and also to ensure that relief materials are handed over to the affected families,” said Sharad Dwivedi, the district magistrate of Malda.

The storm has damaged villages like Meherpur, Kamaldanga, Popra, Durgapur, Halna and Hatkal under Old Malda block.

“At least 350 families in 12 villages have suffered losses. The storm has also damaged the paddy fields and other agricultural land where vegetables were ready for harvest,” said Arjun Haldar, the Congress MLA of Malda.

At least 20 villages in Habibpur block of Malda district were also affected by the storm. Administrative sources said around 300 houses have been affected and crops in over 400 bighas of land had been damaged in the block.

In Habibpur, villages like Simuldanga, Mithupara, Dobapara, Saldanga and Mongolpura are the worst hit.

At least, 1,000 houses were affected in Islampur town and in the rural areas of Islampur block. Another 200 hutments were damaged in Goalpokhor block of the subdivision.

In Islampur, villages like Matikunda and Gobindapur and Alinagar, Ambagan Colony and Subhasnagar in the town have been affected by the storm. “N.C. Biswas, the SDO of Islampur, said: “We are identifying the affected areas and people who have lost their homes.”