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Five die in Tripura flood

At least five persons, including two women and a five-year-old child, were killed as heavy rain, storm and thundershower hit several parts of Tripura, uprooting electricity and telephone posts.



Agartala: At least five persons, including
two women and a five-year-old child, were killed as heavy
rain, storm and thundershower hit several parts of Tripura,
uprooting electricity and telephone posts.

Two women farmers -- Suniti Das (32) and Sikha Sarkar(35)
-- died yesterday when lightning struck them in a crop field
at Baishghar in West Tripura district, officials said.
Five year-old Chaiti Ahir was washed away in swollen
streamlet at Lalchhari in Dhalai district on the same day,
they said.

Shyamal Koloi (38) and his brother Sasish were
electrocuted when they came in contact with a live electric
wire which fell on their thatched house at Gamaibari in West
Tripura district after storm yesterday, the officials said.

Heavy rainfall across Tripura with the onset of monsoon
has created serious transportation problem, triggering
landslides along National Highway 44 and disruption of power
supply.
A large number of electric and telephone posts were
uprooted and many crop lands were damaged due to flood water,
rain and thundershower in West and South Tripura districts.

According to the officials, water is flowing near the
danger level in river Gomati in South Tripura and Juri and
Kakri rivers in North Tripura.

More than 200 displaced families had taken shelter in
government buildings and schools as many villages in Kurti
block in North Tripura district was flood affected, they
said.

The monsoon hit the state on Wednesday, nearly a week in
advance, and this year, till today 990 mm rainfall has been
recorded by the Met office here, officials said.

Nearly 29.2 mm rainfall was recorded this morning.

Highest temperature was recorded at 30.5 degrees Celsius
and the lowest at 22.5 degrees Celsius with high humidity,
weatherman said predicting more rain in the next couple of
days.

The road connectivity was disrupted by frequent
landslides along the national highway 44 and other important
link roads. Massive landslides in Atharomura hill range on the
national highway held up traffic for more than six hours
yesterday.

PTI

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