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Full moon high tide in Aila-hit Sundarbans

india Updated: Jun 07, 2009 14:40 IST

The 'bhora kotal' or full moon high tide at Sundarbans has pushed the river water four feet above the normal level, submerged mangrove forests and inundated low lying areas, but did not damage life and property in the Aila-battered area on Sunday.

Official sources said the full moon high tide, which is considerably higher than the normal high tides in the riverine area, began at 6 am but there was no damage to life and property as the weather remained clear with no rain or storm.

Tide water was seeping in through breached points of the river embankments, which are yet to be repaired.

A PTI correspondent visiting Patharpratima and nearby areas saw large number of carcasses of domestic animals, poultry birds and innumerable roofs of thatched huts, which had been caught up in the mangrove near the river banks and floating in the tide water.

The tide will ebb at 12 pm and return again at 6 pm but there was no fear of the condition worsening as the weather would hold, met office sources said.

Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting, C M Jatua visited Khetromohanpur in Patharpratima and met the affected people, who told him that relief was being given to them by the government and the NGOs.

Jatua appealed that relief should be given to all the affected people irrespective of their political affiliations. The relief should continue till they return to their homes.