14,937 residents were taking shelter in 68 relief camps set up across the state; 45 camps closed down following improvement in situation
Agartala: With flood water levels receding in Tripura, around 8,054 inmates -- out of the total 14,937 -- taking shelter in 45 relief camps set up across the state left for their homes on Wednesday.
After heavy rainfall in the state since July 12, a total of 68 relief camps were set up in five districts, of which four camps were set up in Gomati district, three in Unakoti, 12 in Khowai, one in Sepahijala and 48 in West Tripura district.
Speaking with EastMojo, state disaster management officer Sarat Das said, “The water levels of Howrah, Khowai and Gomati rivers have come down below the danger mark. With this, the houses along the banks of the rivers are now safe. A total of 45 relief camps were closed down on Wednesday after all the 8,054 inmates housed there left for their homes.”
Twelve-year-old Bishal Sarkar, a student of Class VIII in Ramthakur Pathsala Boys’ School, said that in the wee hours of Sunday, when the water levels kept on increasing, they had to leave their home and take shelter in the relief camp.
“All my textbooks and notebooks got washed away by the flood water. I want to study further but I am not sure if I can continue since my father is a daily-wage labourer and it is difficult for him to afford the cost of my study materials,” Sarkar added.
Laxmi Malakar (70), a resident of Pratapgarh town in West Tripura district, said that all the six members of her family have taken shelter in the relief camps at Ramthakur Pathsala Boys’ School.
“My house was damaged after the water levels of the Howrah river increased. We are living on the banks of this river for the past 40 years but this is the first time that we have faced this situation,” Malakar said.
Meanwhile, Sadar sub-divisional officer Ashim Saha said as the water levels have decreased and the situation has improved, a number of people already left the relief camps on Wednesday morning.
“7,063 inmates from 31 relief camps of Agartala have left this [Wednesday] morning. We are expecting that by this evening, almost all the relief camps are expected to be closed down after they leave for home,” Saha added.
The officials of the administration are on the field for doing the assessment on the loss of property and damages made as a result of the floods. After completing the groundwork, people will also receive financial assistance, Saha added.
At least 17,000 people were affected in the flood and were forced to take shelter in 68 relief camps across the state.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Tripura Police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and civil defence teams were involved in the rescue operation.