Tripura: Heavy rain renders 25,000 people in the state homeless


AGARTALA, June 14, 2018: More than 3,500 families have been rendered homeless in Tripura as heavy rain hit the state during the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.

Although the rain stopped on Wednesday morning, more than 500 families have been evacuated to six relief camps during the period in West Tripura's Sadar sub-division as their homes were submerged.

Flash floods inundated vast tracts of low-lying areas in Gomati, South Tripura, Khowai, Dhalai and West Tripura districts on Tuesday, rendering over 25,000 people homeless. They have taken shelter in relief camps.

On Wednesday, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb took an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in a chopper. He announced Rs 5,00,000 ex gratia for each family of the victims.

The water level in the river Howrah, which passes through the capital town, was flowing slightly below the danger level at 12pm, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sadar Tapan Kumar Das said.
According to the latest report of the state emergency operation centre (SEOC), more than 3,500 families are lodged in 89 relief camps as heavy downpour inundated their dwelling houses in some sub-divisions.