Amit Shah postpones visit to flood-hit Tripura

Guwahati, June 15: Due to the unprecedented flood in Tripura, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah has postponed his visit to the state.

He was scheduled to arrive in Tripura on June 18 to unfold the 100-day report card of the BJP-Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura government in the state.

Tripura BJP general secretary Pratima Bhowmik informed that once the state recovers from the flood, Shah will surely visit Tripura. Meanwhile, Shah has asked party karyakartas to spearhead the flood-relief operations and stand with the people in their times of crisis.

Meanwhile, incessant rains and landslides have forced over 50,000 people to take shelter in relief camps. Flood claimed lives of four persons, including two aged men and a teenager, in Tripura.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb sought the Army’s assistance in rescue operations in the flood-hit state.

Deb also requested the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to “urgently” increase the number of National Disaster Response Force personnel in Tripura. The Centre has assured all the necessary support to Tripura in the hour of crisis.

As per reports, waters of many rivers of Tripura are flowing over the danger levels. Flood waters inundated several villages, paddy fields, highways besides low-lying areas across the state. Rail connectivity and surface communicated disrupted due to landslides and floods.

50,000 people of over 10,000 families have taken shelter in around 200 relief camps in different parts of the state, mostly in northern Tripura.