AGARTALA: The arrival of monsoon in the state of Tripura has brought pall and gloom as the first hailstorm kills a person and left as 17 people injured and rendered about 100 families in southern part of Tripura.
Sepahijala, Gomuti and South Tripura districts were found to be worst affected in the monsoon rain. Trees and electric poles were uprooted and more than hundred houses were damaged in the storm. revenue officials here today said
A 50-year-old man died identified as Jiban Das, a resident of Jangalia area, police said.
According to reports, a big tree was uprooted by the storm and fell on a running auto rickshaw at Chelikhala area in Bishalgarh of West Tripura. Das died at the spot, two other persons Ranjan Datta and Paritosh Sarkar, were inside the vehicle sustained serious injuries.
Similarly, heavy storm coupled with rain injured at least 17 persons and left many families homeless in various localities of Shantirbazar sub-division. Altogether 103 families were damaged badly in Manu Jamatia Para, Bhaveram Reang Para, Lalmira Para, Kalacherra and Chandranath Para.
At least five persons were released from the hospital after preliminary treatment, the eight others were sent to Shantirbazar and Gomati district hospital respectively.
While a team of administrative officers visited different affected areas, the troops of Border Security Force (BSF) and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) along with local police were deployed in rescue operation.
The homeless families were rehabilitated at Chandranath Para higher secondary school. The administration decided to provide Rs 5,000 to each of the affected families. The incessant shower has affected normal life in Agartala and inter-state vehicular movement has been affected severely.
Meteorological officials however, stated that monsoon has already hit northeast region and due to favourable local conditions in Tripura and adjacent areas of Bangladesh has triggered heavy rainfall at the beginning of monsoon.
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