Bengal flood situation grim, Mamata monitors situation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 12:39 IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spent Sunday night in office to monitor the flood situation in the state in the wake of Cyclone Komen. The chief minister also called in the army for rescue operations in worst flood-hit areas, as heavy rain continued to lash the state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Read:Komen aftermath: At least 88 killed in floods across 4 states

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