Tripura in the grip of flash floods, landslides, 6 killed so far
Agartala, May 21: At least six persons were killed in flash floods and landslides-related incidents in different parts of the northeastern state of Tripura in the last few days, say various reports.
On Sunday, two people were killed in landslides triggered by incessant rains in Tripura's Gomati district and West Tripura district. On Friday, four persons were killed in landslides in West Tripura district. At least four districts in the state are currently reeling under flash floods, reported PTI.
Regarding Sunday's development, the police said an 18-year-old woman was killed at Palku village in Gomati district and a 60-year-old man died at Belbari block in West Tripura district, 25 km from state capital Agartala, owing to landslides.
Floods have also devastated houses and properties of people in the state. Nearly 14,000 people have taken shelter in 59 relief camps in the four flood-affected districts, officials informed.
"Chandrapur: Many people have become homeless due to flash flood at the adjoining areas of Howrah river which is flowing 0.3 meter above danger level following incessant rain during the last 48 hours. #Tripura," tweeted ANI.
Chandrapur: Many people have become homeless due to flash flood at the adjoining areas of Howrah river which is flowing 0.3 meter above danger level following incessant rain during the last 48 hours. #Tripura pic.twitter.com/SRtJ6rYH0N— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2018
Gomati, Khowai, Sipahijala and West Tripura districts were hit by flash floods, State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) officer Sarat Das said. Jirania and Mohanpur in West Tripura district were the worst affected, he added.
Haora river, which flows through Agartala, is close to the danger mark, the official informed. A red alert has been sounded in Gomati district and adjacent Sonamura sub-division of Sipahijala district.
The government has announced an interim relief of Rs 1 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. Rescue operations were being carried out by the Tripura State Rifles, the National Disaster Response Force and civil defence personnel.
District magistrate of West Tripura district Milind Ramteke told reporters 14 boats were pressed into service and over 700 families rescued. Fourteen relief camps have been set up where food, medicines and other essential supplies have been made available, he added.
Earlier, Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb visited a flood-affected area in Agartala on Friday. Rains are likely to continue in the state for the next few days, as per the metrological department, causing further worries to the victims of floods and landslides.
"In East and Northeast India a cyclonic circulation is seen persisting over eastern parts of Bihar. Another cyclonic circulation is over South Assam and adjoining parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Under the influence of these two systems, the sky conditions will be cloudy and light to moderate rain and thundershowers with strong winds will affect eastern parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and northeastern states," reported skymetweather.