C Times, 19th June, Agartala
The state of Tripura has been affected heavily due to heavy and incessant rainfall over the past few days. A flood-like situation has engulfed the state and is soon expected if the rainfall continues for few more days.
This rainfall has supposedly emerged from cyclonic storm Mora and has severely affected parts of Bangladesh, northeast India and north-west Myanmar. Cyclone Mora has battered Bangladesh, killing at least three people and wreaking havoc in camps housing Rohingya refugees. The tropical storm has forced almost 500,000 people to flee coastal villages. Packing heavy rain and winds, the storm made landfall between Cox’s Bazar and the port city of Chittagong.Police said a woman and a man were crushed under trees felled by strong winds in Cox’s Bazar. Another woman died of panic, officials said, adding that several thousand houses were damaged in the area, most of them mud-built structures.
In some places, almost every shanty homemade of tin, bamboo and plastics has been flattened,” said a Rohingya community leader, adding that around 20,000 houses had been damaged and some residents injured.
Tripura is facing a similar fate on the arrival of monsoon in the state as the first hailstorm killed a person and left as many as 17 people injured and rendered about 100 families in a southern part of Tripura. Sepahijala, Gomuti and South Tripura districts were found to be worst affected by the monsoon rain. Trees and electric poles were uprooted and more than a hundred houses were damaged in the storm according to the revenue officials. Several rivers in the areas including the Gomati, Khoai and Manu are flowing above the danger mark. The national highway has also been bearing the brunt for the past few days. Trees have been uprooted over many areas due to strong winds affecting the region
According to reports, a big tree was uprooted by the storm and fell on a running auto-rickshaw at Chelikhala area in Bishalgarh of West Tripura. Das died at the spot, two other persons Ranjan Datta and Paritosh Sarkar, were inside the vehicle sustained serious injuries.
Similarly, heavy storm coupled with rain injured at least 17 persons and left many families homeless in various localities of Shantirbazar sub-division. Altogether 103 families were damaged badly in Manu Jamatia Para, Bhaveram Reang Para, Lalmira Para, Kalacherra and Chandranath Para. At least five persons were released from the hospital after preliminary treatment, the eight others were sent to Shantirbazar and Gomati district hospital respectively.
While a team of administrative officers visited different affected areas, the troops of Border Security Force (BSF) and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) along with local police were deployed in rescue operation.
The homeless families were rehabilitated at Chandranath Para higher secondary school. The administration decided to provide Rs 5,000 to each of the affected families.
Charilam area under surjyamaninagar was hit by a torpedo the other day damaging several mud built houses and electric poles across the Agartala Bishalgarh road.
The Kashipur area (Agartala-Telaimura road) is submersed under knee level water on Monday due to rain. This has seriously affected the movements of daily commuters from chandrapur to teliamura.
The incessant shower has affected normal life in Agartala and the inter-state vehicular movement.
The administration decided to provide Rs 5,000 to each of the affected families. Whereas on the other hand the Uttar Pradesh government decided to waive farm loans totalling Rs36,359 crore. This shows the mindset of the left govt.
The capital town of the state, Agartala is under water as the state govt. controlled AMC has failed to keep the drainage system operational. The people of the state have been facing a similar situation every year, yet the AMC does not take serious note of the issue. The total capital gets waterlogged if there is a moderate shower for one hour- such is the condition of the drainage system of Manik Sarkar Govt. so called “Golden Era”.
State BJP Vice President Subal Bhomik said that,” the prevailing weather system is expected to persist over the region and heavy to very heavy rains will continue over the state of Tripura. In fact, flood like situation which is already persisting over the state may worsen during the next few days.”