Heavy rains to lash Tripura and northeastern states, flooding situation to get worse

May 27, 2019 1:34 PM |

Updated on May 27, 12:35 pm: Heavy rains to lash Tripura and northeastern states, flooding situation to get worse

On Saturday, due to overflow of the river Juri and river Kakti over the northern parts of Tripura i.e. North Tripura, Unakoti and Dhalai, flash floods had struck many parts of Tripura causing many disruptions in people’s day to day lives.

During the last 24 hours, even though the rainfall intensity reduced but still light to moderate rains continued over some parts of the region. In fact, Kailashahar recorded 20.2 mm of rain and Agartala 2.4 mm, but at the same time northern parts of Tripura received heavy rains like Sri Mangalam that recorded 71 mm of rain.

Thus, we can say that the situation is likely to worsen further as during the next 48 hours, rain and thundershowers will lash parts of the region especially parts of Tripura with increased intensity. And these heavy rains may once again lead to flash floods, ultimately resulting in disruption to people’s day to day lives.

Updated on May 26, 10:33 am: Flash floods in Tripura leads to people stranded in relief camps, improvement likely further

On May 25, more than 300 families were left homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps across Tripura, after extremely heavy rains led to flash floods in several parts of the state.

These rains have been attributed to the cyclonic circulation present over Northeast Bihar and a trough extending from this system to Nagaland. Another cyclonic circulation is seen over South Assam and a trough is also running from eastern parts of Bihar to North Odisha. Warm and moist winds are continuing over the northeastern states. Apart from these weather systems, Western Disturbance a was also moving across higher latitudes.

With the combined effect of all these weather systems, on May 23 and 24, moderate to heavy rainfall activity occurred in parts of Bangladesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

The flood was mainly triggered after the water level of river Juri and river Kakti started rising and came close to the danger level. North Tripura, Unakoti and Dhalai districts are worst affected by the rainfall.

Following this situation, teams of National Disaster Response Force were positioned to help the affected families. Apart from NDRF teams, Tripura State Rifles, firefighter team, district and state administration also joined in the rescue operations.

In fact, forty rescue boats were deployed by the state revenue department to evacuate those struck inside their homes in the flooded areas. The latest reports from SEOC informed stated that a total of 1039 houses were damaged by uprooted trees, dislodged poles and gusty winds.

Now, as the Western Disturbance has moved away from higher latitudes the intensity of rains have decreased since the last 24 hours. Though, rains will be continuing over Tripura and adjoining region during next 24 hours. But intensity of rains will be less. Hence, possibility of improvement in flood situation are likely to decrease now.

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