Tripura flood situation remains critical on third day; Rescue operations on

As many as 80 special medical teams were constituted and sent to affected areas since this morning.
Image used for representational purpose. (File | PTI)
Image used for representational purpose. (File | PTI)

AGARTALA: The flood situation of Tripura remains critical on the third day despite most of the rivers in Unokoti, Dhalai, Khowai, Gomati and South Tripura districts have receded last night.

The surface communication in North Tripura has not yet been restored and affected people are still in the relief camps.

There is no report of any more causality but the agricultural production in about 5400 hectares of land has been damaged completely so far.

More than 1200 houses in the districts were damaged and the properties and household items of above 50,000 people were spoiled due to flood.

Meanwhile, Union Home Ministry last night sent a large contingent of NDRF volunteers along with 20 advanced boat from Uttar Pradesh by an Indian Air Force carrier IL-76.

Besides, Indian Army and other paramilitary forces were engaged in relief and rescue operations.

Two air force choppers from Silchar and three Pawan Hans helicopters have been kept stand by for emergency operations.

The council of ministers last evening reviewed the flood situation and decided to go for personal level district wise monitoring of the flood situation by individual minister while state disaster management authority has issued extra alert to response in emergency situation.

As many as 80 special medical teams were constituted and sent to affected areas since this morning.

Health Minister Sudip Roy Barma said that the state government reviewed the arrangement of extension health service system and stock of medicines and said, "There is no dearth of any medical assistance and the department is extra careful to avert any outbreak of waterborne disease in the flood affected areas."

"The local production of vegetables has been badly hit due to continuous rain and repeated flood in past four months. The supply of vegetables and staple food items are dependent on other states. But the flood in Assam and Tripura has disrupted surface transport communication in Tripura. The flood damaged national highway and railway line that minimized the movement of vehicles," said officials of the state civil service department.

The Civil Supplies Minister Monoj Kanti Deb however, claimed, "There is no report of any hoarding of food items or crisis of food. We have a stable supply of food and civil supplies materials including fuel and we have strong surveillance in the market. The vegetables whatever grown locally are still able to cater to the demand and fish supply is supplementing further requirements."

The meteorological forecast indicated heavy rainfall for next 48 hours across Tripura.

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