Having gone without food for days since losing his home and hearth to the rampant floods wreaking havoc in East Midnapore, Sanat Singha, one of the many flood-hit locals in the Pratappur area of Panskura, finally had a decent meal to feed his hungry stomach on Sunday.
Sanat, in his forties, moved himself and his family to a nearby primary school to escape the hungry tides that left them without a roof over their heads.
The primary school has turned into a temporary shelter for scores of flood-hit locals.
As he took the humble meal at the makeshift shelter, wife Bela could hardly countenance her distress and plight as she sat next to him.
His brother’s wife Subhra was busy cooking for her son Saikat.
A fair few household items that they managed to salvage from the ruins of their home, lay strewn around them.
Sensing the worst after a nearby embankment fell to the ravaging waters of the Kangshabati, Sanat was left with little option but to move self and kin to a temporary shelter.
Scores of fellow flood-hit camping in at the temporary school are staring at dark days, with supplies wearing thin and little help at hand.
Sitting among the many distressed households, Sanat’s kin voiced fears over their livelihood, since the household grocery store, their primary source of living, has now been left at the mercy of the elements.
“We have never had to put up with such miseries before. We had hoped that our area would escape the floods. But that was before the waters of the Kangshabati swelled to alarming levels and left gaping ruptures in the embankment in the Ranihati area. We ran for our lives with whatever belongings we could gather and found shelter at the school.Our mud hut has gone under water and could give way any time. Though we were able to salvage our household belongings, we couldn’t restore the supplies at our shop. I don’t know how to feed my family in the coming days,” Sanat said.
A vast swathe of ward numbers 11 and 12 in the Panskura municipality and neighbouring areas have gone under water from heavy rains and flooding. The locals claimed the district authorities had failed to mobilise timely relief to the flood-hit.
Sources said as many as 100 villages in the area have gone under water, forcing locals to move to makeshift shelters.
More than 100 houses have already been swept away by the floods, said sources.
They said relief materials have yet to reach many of the affected areas.
“We have already mobilised relief materials in the floodaffected areas of Panskura and Tamluk. There’s no cause for alarm. We are seized of the situation and will take the necessary measures to provide relief to the distressed households,” Antara Acharya, district magistrate of East Midnapore, told