Rain, hailstorm forecast for northeastern states

Imphal, April 18 (IANS) The northeastern states, reeling under heavy downpour, will receive more rain and witness hailstorms in the next two days, the Met Office said on Monday.

Over 400 houses, government offices and other facilities were damaged in Mizoram as a result of rains and strong wind in the past few days.

On Sunday, over 20 houses were damaged in Tamenglong district of Manipur.

However, there was no casualty.

There have been rains and hailstorm in some other districts in Manipur also.

Officials told IANS on Monday that information is being collected from remote areas about the damage to houses and standing crops. The government will consider payment of compensations and relief materials only after the full reports in this regard are received.

The 110-km-long Imphal-Myanmar Trans-Asian highway was badly damaged during the January 4 earthquake that measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

The weather office said Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya will be worst hit in the rains and thunderstorms, accompanied by hail, that have been forecast for the next two days.

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