Before distributing some relief material herself and meeting administrative officials, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday visited the flood-affected areas in West Midnapore’s Gopiballavpur, reassuring people that the government and the administration is with them and that everything was being done to help them.
Later, she also held a meeting with officials in Kolaghat, giving them instructions on what measures they should take.
It bears recall that a vast area of West Midnapore and East Midnapore is under water following the discharge of water from the various dams in Jharkhand after there was heavy rainfall in that state.
The problem was further compounded by a breach in the embankment on Kansabati.
Also, many rivers are flowing above the danger level. With the situation worsening, the chief minister reached Jhargram on Tuesday and even distributed relief in some affected areas on Wednesday.
“A huge amount of water was released by DVC, the Galudi barrage and Tilaiya dam in Jharkhand. We were not even informed. The flood in several areas in Bengal is not due to heavy rainfall but because of the release of water from Jharkhand. This flood is manmade, we are trying to give assistance to people in affected areas,” Mamata Banerjee said during her visit.
Mamata has already expressed her unhappiness over the situation and even wrote a letter to the prime minister about the matter.
Besides large areas of Gopiballavpur, Nayag ram, Keshiary, Sankrail, Dantan, Daspur and Ghatal in West Midnapore, other areas are also flooded as rivers such as Subarnarekha, Kangsabati are flowing above the danger level.
Also, in many areas there are breaches in embankments.
Besides a part of Panskura municipality, five gram panchayats under Panskura and six gram panchayats under Tamluk in East Midnapore are flooded following a breach in the embankment in Purushottampur.
Incidentally, this embankment had earlier been damaged in August.
When East Midnapore district magistrate Antara Acharya went to visit an affected area and see the repair work, the locals demonstrated.
They alleged that the embankment had not been repaired properly and that they are not getting adequate relief materials.
Acharya and other officials assured the locals that everything was being done.
Before holding a meeting with the officials of the two districts at Kolaghat, the chief minister visited Gopiballavpur and Satma and distributed relief material packets.
She also announced that the family of Mantu Patra who died in the flood would get
Rs 2 lakh as compensation.
Also, families whose houses had been damaged would get Rs 15,000 for the repair. “The BDOs should not leave the areas where there is flood and must conduct a door-todoor survey and submit a report as soon as possible,” the chief minister said.
Mamata also said that the farmers who had taken loan using their kishan credit cards (KCCs) need not to repay it now.
They would be given extra time as well as seeds of mustard and ‘til’.
She also instructed the administration to arrange for a medical team for the floodaffected areas.
While home secretary Basudeb Banerjee and MP Mukul Roy accompanied Mamata to Gopiballavpur, rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee was with her during her visit to Dantan.
“We are happy that the chief minister visited our area and distributed relief material. We hope she will take steps to ensure we get proper food and relief materials till our houses are repaired and we can return to them,” said Amit Das, a resident of Gopiballavpur.