Flood situation grim in Tripura : CM seeks help from Centre

Flood situation grim in Tripura : CM seeks help from Centre

Agartala, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb this morning apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about deteriorating flood situation of the state over telephone and requested Centre for immediate assistance from Army for rescue and evacuation operation. The Chief Minister requested Singh to increase the number of NDRF in Tripura urgently. The Chief Secretary of Tripura informed the status of flood to Cabinet Secretary and Secretary MHA seeking immediate help from the centre. The Chief Minister's secretariat informed that the center has assured all the necessary support to Tripura to tackle the flood and Army Chief was requested from the centre to take necessary action to assist the state in rescue and relief operations.

The Chief Minister has appealed people to cooperate administration as the Government is taking all the possible measures to come out from the distress situation. According to report, flood situation in Unokoti, North Tripura, Dhalai, Khowai and Gomati districts have turned critical in last 24 hours. More than 25,000 people of the districts were shifted to relief camps and flood situation became grim following torrential rain in upper catchments, Mizoram hills and Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh in last 24 hours. Water level in all the rivers of the districts was remaining same and water stand still in the areas. The flood situation in North Tripura is deteriorated further since last night after a river embankment in Kailashahar of Unokoti district collapsed in two locations led to flow of river water in the town and inundated human habitations. The NDRF volunteers were sent to rescue marooned families in Durgapur village of Kailashahar this morning after deteriorating flood situation. The administration has provided all necessary relief and amenities to the people accommodated in the camps, said SDM Kailashahar Keshab Kar. "We have taken steps to save the life and property from the flood and embankment protection work has been going full-swing despite heavy rain since morning. There is no reason to be panic and there is no shortage of food stuff and crisis," Kar stated. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inspected flood situation by helicopter and assured all government help to the affected people.

He has been reviewing the situation and administrative actions since morning and asked them to use helicopters for relief and rescue operations if necessary. "We have got clearance to use Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers to help the distress people and I am assured by Union Home Minister that centre would extend all support to the people of Tripura at the highest extent," Deb said. According to report, death toll of flood in last two days rose to four and three others injured. The North East Frontier Railway (NFR) officials said here today that landslide in as many as five places in Lumding-Badarpur hill section owing to heavy rain has affected the normal train schedule and four trains– Guwahati-Silchar fast passenger to and fro has been cancelled and Sealdah-Silchar Kanchenjunga express to be stopped at Lumding and Agartala-Sealdah Kanchenjunga Express to be stopped at Badarpur till the situation is not improved. Tripura has faced the crisis of flood situation for the first time after 1993 and the state was not ready to manage the disaster.

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