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North-east floods: Situation improves in Tripura, CM calls for review meet

The CM also asked the state officials to reach out to the marooned people with relief materials and medical aids at the earliest.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Agartala [ Updated: June 20, 2018 15:58 IST ]
Tripura State Rifles personnel travel on a boat through a

Tripura State Rifles personnel travel on a boat through a flooded street after rescuing flood-affected residents, in Kailashahar on Friday.

The overall flood situation in Tripura was slightly improved on Saturday. However, more than 40,000 people continue to remain stranded in 189 relief camps across the state. 

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who visited the worst-hit Kailashahar and Kumarghat subdivisions of Unakoti district on Friday has called for a review meeting later the day with the heads of all line departments, Water Resources, Health and Family Welfare.

The CM also asked the state officials to reach out to the marooned people with relief materials and medical aids at the earliest. Two IAF choppers have already been pressed into service to distribute food, water, and medicines in "flood-battered" Kailashahar subdivision, where 21,000 people were rendered homeless. 

"The NDRF, Assam Rifles, Tripura State Rifles personnel are engaged in providing post-flood relief services and search is still on to find out if there is anybody stranded in the flood-affected areas", said Deputy Secretary of the state Revenue Department Sankar Chakraborty.

An official of Northeast Frontier Railway said train services in Lumding - Badarpur section continue to remain suspended as landslides, triggered by heavy rain, damaged the tracks and tunnels on that route. 

"At present, work is in progress to reinstate services in the affected locations. As per preliminary estimates, the total restoration work is likely to take 2-3 days," he added. 

Earlier on Thursday, at least three people were killed and more than 2,000 people took shelter in the newly opened shelter camps heavy floods wreaked havoc in the state.

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