One killed, 200 houses damaged in Tripura storm

Agartala: One person was killed, over 200 houses were damaged and trees and electric posts were uprooted in a severe storm in Tripura last night, police said on Tuesday.

Purnaram Reang (21) was killed and his wife Anjuti was seriously injured when lightning struck them at Paharpur, a remote tribal hamlet in South Tripura district.

Anjuti was admitted to Amarpur sub-divisional hospital in critical condition, police said.

Five cows perished in the storm which razed at least 200 houses to the ground besides uprooting 150 electric posts and over 160 trees in different parts of the state due to strong wind and heavy rains which lashed the state yesterday.

However, yesterday's rain brought relief to the farmers as their croplands had dried up due to scarcity of rain and heat wave, sources in State Agriculture department said.