Torrential rain hits Agartala, flooded roads caused massive public suffering
As heavy Monsoon rainfall struck the state since Sunday morning and flood like situation in many parts of the state including Agartala, the MET department forecast more downpour in the state over the next few days.
After the Monsoon rain with thunderstorm and lightning struck the entire state since Sunday morning, the capital city of Agartala submerged into flood water and all low-lying areas of the city totally or partially submerged into rain water disturbing normal life across the city. Now, the situation in major parts of the Agartala city remains normal, but few low-lying areas near the river Howrah have also submerged into flood water.
It may be recalled here that considering the heavy rainfall across the state, the Revenue department of the state government through a ‘crash’ message signed by additional secretary of the state government, P Acharjee directed all concerned departments and agencies preparedness measures in view of the extreme weather prediction for heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state.
However, no loss of life or major damage was reported from anywhere. But in the morning after a few hours of heavy rains, most areas of the Smart City Agartala flooded and traffic movements badly disrupted. Almost all roads in the city are flooded, especially all low lying areas of the city.
Reportedly, several hours of heavy rain from Sunday morning to noon resulted in water logging at several places on the national highway, causing traffic to stop. Heavy rains as well as lightning caused disruption of power services too and most of the shops in Agartala city were shut off. A huge 'krishnachura tree' fell down in Jagannath Bari Park in Agartala city. However, no casualty was reported.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), 067.1 mm of rainfall was recorded from Sunday morning to till afternoon 5.30 PM, still the normal seasonal rainfall recorded with departure of minus 22%. IMD has also forecasted for more rainfall, thunderstorms with lightning and heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over North Tripura, Unakoti, Dhalai, Khowai and West Tripura districts . IMD also added that thunderstorms with lightning and light to moderate rain are very likely to occur at isolated places over the rest districts of Tripura.
The Monsoon rains since morning have further cooled the air in the state capital with maximum temperatures rising to 30.9 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature was recorded at 25.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Though the humidity level at maximum 92 % and minimum at 71 % was recorded at the state capital.
IMD in its weather prediction for next day said a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain or thundershowers would occur in different parts of Tripura and maximum temperatures rising to 31.0 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature would be at 24.0 degrees Celsius.