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Flash floods displace over 390 families in Tripura, relief extended to all affected families
Flash floods displace over 390 families in Tripura, relief extended to all affected families

AGARTALA, June 23 (TIWN): Three hundred and ninety two families were affected as flash floods today ravaged several areas of the West Tripura district.

Addressing the media at the civil secretariat in the sidelines of an official briefing here this evening, Health and Revenue minister Badal Choudhury said adequate funds were distributed to all affected families from special disaster relief funds

Steady showers for the past several days in different areas of the state caused most rivers to swell nearing danger limits. "There is no danger as of now", he said.

Water levels in all major rivers of the state reached very close to the danger limit today. Water level in River Howrah reached 8.33 mt on Monday against the danger level of 10 mt. Water level in River Khowai reached 20 against the danger limit of 24.

Water level in River Dhalai reached 30.70 mt against the danger limit of 32 mt. Water levels in River Gomati reached 11.40 mt against the danger limit of 13 mt. River Muhuri had an average water level of 13.75 mt against danger limit of 14.50 mt. River Kakri exceedingly came close to the danger limit today.

According to official records, ninety five families were displaced from their households by flood water in Sonamura sub-division, 185 families in Bishalgarh sub-division and 30 families in Jirania sub-division.

A total of 45 families of Sri Lanka Basti and five families of Hrishi Colony in Pratapgarh under Sadar sub-division had to take shelter at Chandrapur junipr basic school on Sunday. They were provided cooked food from the office of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM). All families went back to concerned locations after water receded.

A total of 32 families under Bishalgarh sub division took shelter in Krishna Tilla Anganwadi centre. All the families were provided dry food and cash dole as per relief manual.

A total of ninety five families of East Nalchar, West Nalchar and South Nalchar under Sonamura sub-division and 185 families of Routkhola, South Charilam, Raghunathpur and Bishalgarh nagar panchayats. Thirty families of West Majlishpur, Baldakhal and Majlishpur under Jirania sub-divisions were affected due to partial inundation of their houses. Assessment of losses were undertaken by the district administration, the minister said.

Asked about fund availability, Choudhury said that District Magistrate (DM) and Collectors are having adequate funds under the SDRF. “Rs. 4.5 crore was placed with the DMs earlier this month. All DMs and SDMs were alerted of heavy rainfall from the state control room for taking appropriate advance action”, he added.

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