48 killed in floods in West Bengal, Mamata calls in army

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 07:15 IST

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee called in the army for rescue operations in worst flood-hit areas on Sunday, as heavy rain in the wake of Cyclone Komen continued to lash West Bengal.

Indian Army personnel carried out rescue operations at Jhawdanga village in Purbasthali Block 2 in Burdwan district from their base camp at Panagarh.

“Around 450 villagers have been already rescued from the flooded Jhawdanag village were river Bhagirathi is overflowing dangerously. Another 150 villagers are still stuck and the army is carrying out rescue operations,” Burdwan district magistrate Soumitra Mohan told HT.

Over 38,000 houses were destroyed, about 2 lakh partially damaged and 5,672 cattle killed, according to government figures, as heavy rain hit 12 districts.

As many as 48 people have died so far in the state as heavy rains battered the eastern parts of the country after Cyclone Komen made landfall on Friday.


Villagers wade through floodwaters at Mirati village in Birbhum district of West Bengal on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Burdwan, Murshidabad, West Midnapore and Howrah were among the worst hit. Newer areas were inundated during the day as embankments of rivers were breached in the continuing rain.

CM Banerjee put off her scheduled trip to North Bengal to personally monitor rescue operations.

The state administration has deployed 121 boats for rescue operations and 1,537 relief camps and 204 medical camps have been opened across affected districts.


A flooded village at Nabagram in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The depression created from cyclone Komen, which has been hovering over Bangladesh, has triggered heavy rain in country’s northeastern and eastern states, killing at least 75 people in Manipur, West Bengal and Odisha. (PTI Photo)

Water levels recede in Kolkata

Rain water that accumulated after two days of heavy rain in many areas of Kolkata receded on Sunday as the situation improved with no downpour since the previous evening.

Large parts of the city were hit by flooding following incessant heavy rainfall, measuring over 170mm, since Friday night due to the effect of Cyclone Komen.

"Rain water has receded from areas in the city which were submerged following the rainfall," member mayor in-council (drainage) Tarak Singh told PTI.

Water receded from areas around Central Avenue, Amherst Street, Camac Street, Swinhoe Street, Lansdowne Market and Alipore, Singh said.

One person was killed after a two-storied building in Gariahat collapsed Saturday night, police said.

The owner of the house, 55-year-old Amitava Kar was found under the debris and rushed to SSKM hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

(With PTI inputs)

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