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Flood situation worsens in north West Bengal

The flood situation in North Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday worsened as more areas were inundated by the flood waters due to incessant rains.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2003 11:57 IST

The flood situation in North Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday worsened as more areas were inundated by the flood waters due to incessant rains for the past few days affecting 25,000 people in Alipur sub division of the district.



Official sources said that Nadarhali East, Rathkhela, Tentultala, Nampara and Hathat villages of the sub-division had been inundated by the rising waters of the rivers Teesta, and Kaljini in the district.

Jalpaiguri Divisional Commissioner Debaditya Chakraborty said today that about 3000 sq km areas in the district remained under water and 2000 people had been shifted to safer places. Irrigation embankments had been damaged in 20 places and four spurs of the Teesta near Jalpaiguri town . An area of 500-metre embankment of river Sukreti was washed away inundating five tea gardens and localites.

Chakraborty also said that 600-metre PWD road at Buxa reserve forest area had been washed away inundating two forest villages.

Rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas had been badly hampered as 50 small bridges and culverts were partly or partially damaged in Alipurduar Sub-division, Chakraborty added.

First Published: Jul 10, 2003 11:57 IST