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Storm kills four, injures over 40 in Meghalaya

A storm hit Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district on Thursday night killing at least four people.

The storm damaged houses on a large scale in at least ten villages rendering many homeless.

More than forty people were injured, said officials.

The four dead include a five-month-old baby while the injured have been hospitalised, officials added.

The storm struck at around 7.30 PM and ravaged ten villages in the Nongstoin and Mawthadraishan blocks.

District officials inform that the administration has rushed essential commodities like food, water and tarpaulin to the affected villages.

Special camps have been set up in school buildings.

The storm has also affected power supply across most parts of the district as electric posts were damaged.

An emergency meeting was called by the state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister R C Laloo.

The minister announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1.5 lakh to the families of those killed in the storm.