9,000 lose houses in Tripura

By TheHindu on 13 Aug 2017 | read

The flood situation in Tripura improved on Saturday after the incessant rain abated. As many as 9,000 people, rendered homeless in the flash floods in the State, are housed in relief camps, said officials of the disaster management authority.

The Opposition BJP alleged that the flood-hit were not provided adequate food and drinking water. “They are almost starving and government is reluctant to check their needs,” party’s State president Biplab Kumar Deb told newsmen. He said lack of proper provision to pump out stagnant water and unplanned sewerage systems were responsible for the floods in Agartala city.

Brahmaputra in spate

Floods in Assam claimed five lives on Saturday, taking the flood toll this year to 89. Nearly 11 lakh people across 19 districts have been affected.

As many as 1,752 villages are under water and crops in over one lakh hectares has been damaged, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh town, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town.

Three dead in Bengal

Floods in north Bengal has not only affected the lives of lakhs of civilians but also the personnel of the Border Security Force.

The Punarbhaba river, which runs parallel to the international border, has breached its banks resulting in knee-deep to waist-deep water in some areas in Malda district. Senior BSF officials said its personnel were guarding the posts in waist-deep water in two battalion areas.

In Cooch Behar district alone, about 1.86 lakh people have been affected and about 500 flood relief centres have been set up.

In Darjeeling district, two deaths have been reported. One woman was swept away in Sukhiapokhri, while another casualty was reported in a building collapse in Darjeeling. Several tea gardens of north Bengal are also under water.