New Delhi, June 14: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday sought the Army’s assistance in rescue operations across the flood-hit state.
Tripura has witnessed incessant rains in the last 48 hours to Thursday afternoon which has caused heavy flooding.
Over 3,500 families are lodged in 189 relief camps as the heavy downpours inundated their houses, according to the report of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC).
Deb informed Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh in a telephonic conversation on Thursday morning of the situation and apprised him of the steps taken by the Tripura government.
Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb spoke to HM Rajnath Singh on flood situation due to heavy rainfall in the state and requested the Centre for immediate assistance from Army for rescue & evacuation operation. He also requested Home Minister to increase number of NDRF teams in the state
— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2018
The Chief Minister also requested the Home Minister to “urgently” increase the number of National Disaster Response Force personnel in Tripura.
“Apprised Rajnath Singhji about the flood situation and the ongoing relief work in Tripura. Requested for assistance from the Army for rescue operations in a few critical locations. The Home Ministry has assured all the necessary support from the Central government,” Deb tweeted.
Apprised Shri @rajnathsingh ji about the flood situation and the ongoing relief work in #Tripura. Requested for assistance from the Army for rescue operations in a few critical locations. @HMOIndia has assured all the necessary support from the Central Government.
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) June 14, 2018
An official statement said the Central government has assured it would provide all the necessary support to Tripura and that it has asked the Army chief, General Bipin Rawat, to take the necessary action.
Continuous rain has triggered flash floods in Tripura’s Unakoti, Dhalai, Khowai and Gomti districts.