Hundreds of houses were destroyed in Mizoram particularly in the second biggest district of the State, Lunglei, when heavy rain accompanied by hailstones lashed the town and its surroundings yesterday afternoon. According to sources, as many as 796 homes were damaged due to the hailstones in the district area. The total number of houses damaged is expected to be over a thousand. Many crops were destroyed due to the hailstones. House property including syntex covers and window panes were part of the damage. Hailstones the size of eggs started falling .The hail was as large as six to seven centimetres. The sudden torrent of rain and hail gave a big shock as this is the biggest hailstone witnessed in the past 50 years. The unexpected torrent of hailstones came about unexpectedly as the winter chill was slowly giving way to summer warmth during the past couple of days.