Bengal flood situation improves further, toll mounts to 34

Bengal government is yet to estimate loss incurred by farmers as over 2.5 lakh hectares of agricultural land lies submerged.

Published: 30th July 2017 11:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2017 11:29 PM   |  A+A-

Nearly 68,000 people have taken shelter in 221 relief camps set up in the flood-hit districts. (File | AP)

By PTI

KOLKATA: The flood situation in West Bengal improved further today as water has started to recede in the majority of the rivers in the worst-hit Howrah, Hooghly and West Midnapore districts.

The toll, however, rose to 34 since July 21 following the death three more persons in the state, officials said.

A senior official in the state's Disaster Management Department said that nearly 25 lakh people were affected at about 170 villages in 11 flood-hit districts.

The flood was mainly caused by heavy rains earlier this week, triggered by a huge low pressure trough, and water released by the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) through its dams along the course of the Damodar river in Bihar and Bengal.

Nearly 68,000 people have taken shelter in 221 relief camps set up in the flood-hit districts, he said, adding that the past few days, the upper catchment areas have received little rainfall.

West Bengal Irrigation Minister, Rajib Banerjee, told PTI that water had started receding in majority of the rivers in the worst-hit Howrah, Hooghly and West Midnapore districts.

"The total release of water by the entire DVC system was 50,000 cusecs today. There is no report of any fresh inundation," he said, adding steps had been taken to distribute relief materials in the flood-hit areas.

He, however, struck a note of caution, saying that the situation might worsen anytime if it rained again and more water was consequently released by the DVC system.

"Many people have been rescued from affected areas like Ghatal in West Midnapore district, Pursura, Arambagh and Khanakool in Hooghly district and Amta and Udainarayanpur in Howrah district," he said.

Yesterday, an Indian Air Force helicopter was deployed to rescue flood-affected people at Ghatal in West Midnapore district, he said.

The state government is yet to estimate loss incurred by farmers as over 2.5 lakh hectares of agricultural land lies submerged.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp