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Monsoon fury hits Tripura, floods leave over 3,000 families homeless

All eight district of the state have been flooded since June 1 after an exponential rise in pre-monsoon rain.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2018 14:18 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
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Villagers ride a rubber boat on a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mogpara village, Tripura on June 13, 2018,(AFP)

Two persons including a child were killed and over three thousand families have been rendered homeless as torrential rain in the last 24 hours triggered folds in Tripura.

The state witnessed a rainfall of 86 mm in the last 24 hours and the situation could worsen further with the Met Department warning of heavy rain in next 24 hours.

A report from State Emergency Operation Centre said that a total 3472 homeless families took shelter in 64 camps set up by the state government throughout the state and about 41 houses were damaged in the flood.

A State Emergency Operation Centre official said a child was killed in the flood in South District. One man was reported missing and suspected to be washed away in the flood in Sabroom in South District and one woman was injured in a landslide in Dhalai district. The rain triggered landslides in 17 locations. Eleven of the landslides occurred in Khowai district, one in Gomati and five in Dhalai.

All major rivers in the state are flowing above normal.

Although all eight district of the state have been flooded, there have been no reports of damage and homeless families from Sepahijala and West districts.

Tripura has recorded a rainfall of 275.9 mm since June 1 after an exponential rise in pre-monsoon rain.

This year, a total 979.9 mm pre-monsoon rainfall was recorded against an average of 574.2 mm.

“The state received 75% more rainfall on an average than the normal pre-monsoon rainfall. This is an exception this year,” a Met official said.

Last month, six people were killed and over 17,000 families were rendered homeless due to floods.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 13:47 IST