Over 10,000 rendered homeless, shifted to 30 relief camps set up across state; 4 houses damaged by flood waters; more rainfall predicted in next 12 hours
Agartala: Two persons were reported dead, one each in South Tripura and Dhalai districts, and six sustained injuries after incessant rainfall in the past 48 hours led to flooding across the state. Four houses were also reported to be damaged due to floods.
While Subir Sen (35) drowned in Muhuri river at Santirbazar in South Tripura district, another unidentified person died in Dhalai district due to electrocution induced by flooding, an official said. Sen’s body was recovered a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Sunday.
Meanwhile, over 10,000 people were shifted to 30 relief camps across the state. An official from the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) on Sunday said that around 3,400 persons are currently sheltered in 25 relief camps set up across Tripura. Heavy rainfall and fresh floods have affected nearly all the eight districts of the state.
“Up to 2,826 inmates have been shifted to 20 relief camps set up in Sadar, West Tripura district, four relief camps have been set up in Khowai district where 552 inmates have been shifted, while in Gomati district, 23 inmates are taking shelter in the lone relief camp,” an official of the SEOC said.
The Tripura police, Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and the civil defence team are working on evacuation of affected persons to safer places. Apart from them, firefighting team, ambulance, and district and state administration have also joined the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Sadar sub-division Magistrate (SDM) Ashim Saha, said, “Due to the flood situation in Agartala and Sadar area, 30 relief camps have been set up. About 1,800 families consisting of 8,000 residents have been provided shelter in the relief camps. We have provided with food, water and also medicines for the injured people.”
“The Howrah river was flowing above the danger level at 10.56-mile metre as the highest normal level is 10.50 mile metre. The worst-affected areas in and around Agartala city are Srilanka Basti, Baldakhal, Ambedkar Colony, Pratapgarh and other areas close to River Howrah. Speed boats manned by the NDRF personnel have been pressed into service. All 13 water-pumps for pushing out water in different corners of Agartala are already operational,” Saha added.
In Agartala, after hours of rainfall, the major routes were blocked due to waterlogging in the city. For hours, citizens were stranded with traffic jams in the state. Also, as flood waters came over the road, people were seen catching fish on the Assam-Agartala National Highway 8.
Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb was seen taking note from all the authorities concerned after floods hit all the eight districts of state. Expressing concern over the flood situation, Deb wrote on Twitter, “Our government is closely monitoring the heavy rain situation in Tripura and officials are on high alert to tackle any uncertain incident. NDRF, state disaster volunteers and police personnel are on ground to tackle any situation.”
Meanwhile, Agartala received 119.00 mm rainfall, Sonamura 188 mm, Belonia 36.7mm, Sabroom 19.1 mm, Kailasahar 76.4 mm, Panisagar 63.2 mm, Kanchanpur 45.8 mm and Gandacherra 38.2 mm in last 12 hours, said a report.
The report also said that rain is very likely to occur at most places over Tripura in the next 24 hours.