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breaking news Assam storm toll rises to 14

The death toll in the storm accompanied by heavy rain and lightning strikes, sweeping Assam over the past three days, has risen to 14 as six more deaths were reported, an official bulletin said on Sunday.

High winds accompanied by heavy downpours and lightning strikes, a seasonal annual phenomenon called ‘Bordoisila’ in Assamese, also caused damage to homes, uprooted trees and snapped power lines in many parts of the state.

Three deaths were reported on Friday in Tinsukia district, two in Baksa and one in Dibrugarh. Eight other deaths, including two minors, were also recorded, said the bulletin released on Saturday evening by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

More than 12,000 homes and other establishments have been damaged in the storm that has been raging since Thursday, he said.

“Bordoisila” refers to the spiritual goddess of wind and rain. During the Assamese New Year, which begins on April 15, high winds accompanied by heavy downpours and lightning strikes wreak havoc in Assam.

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