West Bengal flood situation turns grim, 1.19 lakh people affected

- Published: 08 August 2015
West Bengal flood situation turns grim, 1.19 lakh people affected

In Odisha, seven districts – namely Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jharsuguda and Deogarh have borne the brunt of the floods, the statement said.

The depression that resulted from cyclone Komen has triggered heavy rain in northeastern and eastern states of India, killing at least 70 people in Manipur,West Bengal and Odisha.

“But the situation at present is rendered beyond control”, Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, the worst affected state, told reporters on Sunday.

In Manipur, at least 20 people died in a massive landslide at Joumol village, about 180 km south of Imphal.

Ms Banerjee then left for Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district, which has been badly affected, to see the flood situation for herself.

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

She stated that intense water depth and hurricanes pouring the legal system because of the fact that the day past mixed the specific situation with the government appeared to be on any inform. The Met Office recorded 117.4 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am on Saturday.

The water level of the Ganga stood at a high of 6.64 m at around 1.41 pm on Saturday during high tide, said a River Traffic Police official, adding heavy rains had added to the swelling.

“Waterlogging is still there at added areas in ward no 122, 125, 126″.

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

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel and Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and enquired about the rescue and relief operations going on in the wake of floods and landslides respectively, as part of the monitoring.

The state government has deployed the army and the National Disaster Response in the districts to rescue people from the affected areas.

Troops of southern command and south western command have been involved in rescue operations in flood-affected areas of Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan.

Several hundred people living on riverbanks have been relocated to safe places.

The Army flood relief columns are located in Banaskantha and Bhuj in Gujarat, and Chirpatiya, Dhanera and Sanchor in Rajasthan.

So far, more than 630 persons have been rescued from various districts in Rajasthan.

Men ride on a motorcycle through a flooded road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad, India, July 28, 2015. The evacuation began in the afternoon and about 200 villagers including 17 infants and 32 children had to be evacuated on foot. Villagers were made to cross these cuts with the help of a rope and a human chain formed by the troops against the flow of water.

Source: infinitepath.co.uk