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Heavy rain in Tripura, over 3,500 families homeless

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Over 3,500 families have been rendered homeless in Tripura as heavy rains hit the state in the past 24 hours, officials said today.

Although the rain stopped this morning, over 500 families have been evacuated to six relief camps during the period in West Tripura’s Sadar sub-division, as their homes were submerged.

The water level in the river Howrah, which passes through the capital town, was flowing slightly below the danger level at 12 pm, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sadar Tapan Kumar Das said.

“The situation may turn worse if the state receives fresh shower as predicted by the meteorological department. We are ready to meet any eventuality as all officials concerned are alerted,” he said.

The Assam-Agartala National Highway was opened for vehicular movement after clearing debris late last night. The road remained cut off for several hours due to land slips at Atharamura hill yesterday.

According to the latest report from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), over 3,500 families are lodged in 89 relief camps as heavy downpour inundated their dwelling houses in some sub-divisions.

Kumarghat and Panisagar in Unakoti district, Sabroom in South Tripura district, Amarpur in Gomati district and Telimaura in Khowai district are hard hit by the rain, a SEOC official said.

There are no report of human casualty but, damage to crops was extensive, official sources said.

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