Shillong, March 31 (PTI) A devastating hailstorm pounded several districts of Meghalaya yesterday daamaging thousands of homes and property on Friday and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation today. Also Read - Want to Experience Sustainable Travel? Head to These 4 Destinations in India to Explore Just That

Conrad said after the meeting that as per preliminary report around 50 villages in four districts were hit by the hailstorm. The districts are West Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills. Also Read - UGC Final-year Exams: Meghalaya to Write to UGC For Extension of Sept 30 Deadline, Wants Exams to be Held After October 5

He said 600 households in Jaintia Hills region were damaged and the assessment on the extent of destruction of houses, crops, livestock and other properties is being conducted. Also Read - COVID-19: Meghalaya to Close All Entry Points For a Week Every Month

“All deputy commissioners and block development officers have been asked to submit detailed assessment report for necessary action by the government,” he said.

“We have asked the respective deputy commissioners to immediately provide temporary relief to families in the affected villages,” he said.

Sangma said though no relief camp have been set up, the government is working to ensure that tarpaulin, essential commodities and other relief materials reach the affected families at the earliest possible time.

Asked, he said that the state government has also felt the need to come up with an aggressive adaptation policy taking into consideration the impact of climate change.

We have discussed the climate change. We know the hails are getting bigger, rainfall is higher and winds stronger. We felt the need for aggressive adaptation policy, he said.

The meeting was attended by cabinet ministers, chief secretary Y Tsering, additional chief secretary in-charge disaster management P W Ingty and other senior officials of the department.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.