Composite report on West Bengal flood sent to the Centre: Mamata

West Bengal government has sent a composite report to the Centre on the estimated loss in the recent flood in 11 districts of the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said.

Published: 31st August 2017 12:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2017 12:36 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. | PTI

By PTI

KOLKATA: West Bengal government has sent a composite report to the Centre on the estimated loss in the recent flood in 11 districts of the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said.

"The total loss has been estimated at around Rs 14,000 crore," Banerjee told reporters at the secretariat today.

So far 152 persons have died in the flood in the 11 districts in northern and southern parts of West Bengal while over 10 lakh acre of agricultural land was inundated in it.

The monetary value of the total loss has been estimated at around Rs 7000 crore and nothing was received from the central government as aid, according to a senior official of the agricultural department.

"Not a single penny has been given to West Bengal whereas other flood-hit states have got grant of around Rs 500 crore. The Centre is yet to send anybody to take a stock of the situation here," he said.

The agriculture department, the officer said, has almost completed 94 per cent distribution of seeds to the farmers in the 11 flood-hit districts of the state.

"The total cost for the seed distribution has been Rs 10 crore," he said adding that most vegetable farms had been ravaged by the recent floods.

"We are planning to distribute vegetables' seedlings to the farmers primarily because they can be grown quickly.

Seeds of vegetables like spinach, coriander leaves have been distributed," he added.

Meanwhile, the situation in the six districts of northern West Bengal is improving with no major rainfall reported from anywhere in the area.

"Overall situation is fine and is improving every day.

Distribution of relief funds continue and block development officers and district magistrates are supervising the process," a senior officer of the state disaster management department said today.

As per a report of the disaster management department, nearly three lakh houses were fully damaged while close to 55000 were severely damaged and over 52000 were partly ruined.

So far, close to 1.5 crore people have been affected in the floods in the state, it said.

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