Four people died today and about 9000 have been rendered homeless in West Tripura and Khowai districts after heavy showers lashed these places in the last 24 hours, officials said here today.
Life in Tripura not only came to a halt due to heavy rains throughout the night, rain also triggered heavy landslides in two places claiming four lives on Friday.
Many localities at Agartala town were submerged under knee-deep water. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb visited the flood-affected areas and later rushed to the spots of landslides.
The first incident of landslide took place at Kambhukcherra village in West Tripura which claimed the lives of three members of a family. The victims have been identified as Shaniram Debbarma (35), Amritbala Debbarma (30) and Abhi Debbarma (4). Another child Dipankar, trapped under the mud, was rescued in critical condition and rushed to the GB hospital in Agartala.
The second incident of landslide took place at Belfungpara village which claimed the life of one Malendra Debbarma (62). The spot is near to Kambhukcherra village where three of a family died. All four are from the tribal community.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also called up the Tripura CM and expressed his condolence to the bereaved families. Singh promised to pay ex gratia to the victims’ families as per the law.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Biplab Deb has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the four people killed in landslides in West Tripura district on Thursday, according to an official statement.