Tripura: 7 persons killed in storms, lightning



Agartala: At least seven persons were killed and over 40 injured in storms and lightning which hit different parts of the state, officials said on Wednesday.

In the last three days, lightning strike killed two persons at Mohanpur and another in Bishalgarh in West Tripura district while a girl and a boy were killed at Amarpur in Gomati district. Another person lost his life at Belonia in South Tripura district, they said.

During the heavy storm, a live electric wire came in contact of a six-year-old boy at Dharmanagar in North Tripura district leading to his death, police said.

At least 1000 houses including the makeshift camps of paramilitary forces were devastated, many electric posts were uprooted and cattle killed in different parts of the state in last three days, police said.

Close to 40 people, including five jawans of security forces were injured when their houses collapsed during the storm, they said.

Police said security forces and Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) of Disaster Management groups were busy in rescuing the victims of the storm.

Sources in the MeT Office said the cyclonic storm is likely to continue for the next forty eight hours in the state.

PTI