Bengal Flood Situation Grim, Death Toll Nears 50

Published: 02nd August 2015 10:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2015 10:07 PM   |  A+A-


KOLKATA: Flood situation in south Bengal remained grim today with death toll nearing 50 while 2.14 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,537 relief camps in the 12 districts affected by the deluge.

Weatherman has forecast more rains in the next 24 hours.

With nine more deaths being reported from different districts today, the death toll from rains and floods climbed to 48, Disaster Management Department sources said.

"Altogether 1,537 relief camps have been set up to shelter over 2.14 lakh marooned people and 204 medical camps have been opened," the sources said adding that the total number of affected people was nearly 37 lakh.

The sources said that 38,046 houses were damaged and 2,05,901 houses were damaged partly. Crop over an area of 4,72,645 hectares was damaged due to the floods.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today held a meeting with senior officials at the state secretariat to review the situation.

She told reporters that she had instructed the officials to monitor the situation round-the-clock and take prompt appropriate steps.

"Even though there was reduced rainfall today, the situation remained unchanged in Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah, West Midnapore and East Midnapore districts as the quantum of release of water from different barrages remained almost the same following heavy rains in upper catchment areas," state Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said.

The districts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad districts were the other badly affected areas, he said.

"The situation remained unchanged in the affected districts mainly because of high tide and release of water from different barrages. However, the situation is likely to improve from tomorrow," Banerjee said.

According to an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) release here, heavy to very heavy rain might occur at isolated places of Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, Bardhaman, Howrah, East and West Midnapur districts of Gangetic West Bengal.

On Monday, heavy rainfall was likely at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, it warned.

The sea would be rough along and off the West Bengal coasts, the IMD today said and asked fishermen to be cautious while venturing out in the waters.

The chief minister, who had visited the affected areas in Udainarainpur in Howrah district yesterday, is likely to go to more flood-affected areas soon, state secretariat sources said.

Banerjee instructed a number of ministers and senior officials to visit the affected areas and supervise relief arrangement.

The situation in the city improved today with rain water receding from most areas which went under water after deluge since Friday. Over the two days, the city recorded rainfall measuring 170mm due to cyclone 'Komen'.

Water has receded from places in Central Avenue, Amherst Street, Camac Street, Swinhoe, Street, Lansdowne Market areas, Alipore by last night itself, member mayoral council (drainage) Tarak Singh said.

"Waterlogging is still there at added areas in ward no 122, 125, 126. Our officers are there," he added.

Meanwhile, one person was killed after a two-storeyed building in Gariahat collapsed last night, the police said.

Normal train services at Howrah and Sealdah sections of Eastern Railway have been restored with removal of water from the tracks, said ER CPRO, Ravi Mahapatra.

The city's underground Metro Railway service also ran normally, said Mahapatra, who is also Metro Railway CPRO.

Normal train services have also been restored under South Eastern Railways. Movement of the trains was a bit slow as tracks at some places were still submerged, the SER CPRO Sanjay Ghosh said.

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