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Heavy rains cause flood-like situation in parts of West Bengal; 2 dead

Several villages and roads in Birbhum district remained submerged as continuous rainfall added to the misery of the people.

kolkata Updated: Jul 23, 2017 16:48 IST
Kaushik Dutta
Kaushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, West Midnapore/Birbhum
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Devotees and a priest wade through floodwaters of Kopai river near a half-submerged Kankali Kali Temple in Birbhum district on Saturday.(PTI)

Two people died as incessant rainfall caused flood-like situation in Birbhum, West Mindapore and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal on Sunday.

In Saithia at Birbhum, Arnab Chatterjee drowned and died as water level increased in Bakreshwar river while a woman, Satabdi Bajikar drowned in Kuye river whose level had risen at Labhpur in Birbhum.

Several villages and roads in Birbhum district remained submerged as continuous rainfall added to the misery of the people.

Met department’s prediction of heavy rainfall in different districts of south Bengal over the next couple of days has added to the apprehension of the flood situation getting worse.

The state government has issued high alert in coastal regions of the state and set up a 24-hour control at Nabanna, the state secretariat.

The state government has also cancelled the leaves of all employees attached to state irrigation and the disaster management departments indefinitely.

East Midnapore district administration has issued alerts at Digha, Tajpur and Mandermani, which are popular coastal tourist destinations.

“We have asked fishermen not to go to sea for fishing. We are also contacting those who have already gone to the sea to come back immediately. Similarly, tourists have been asked not to go for sea bathing,” said Rashmi Komal East Midnapore district magistrate.

In West MIdnapore district, areas like Keshpur, Ghatal and Chandrakona remained submerged. Bus services from Gahtal to Keshpur and from Chandrakona to Ghatal have been suspended.

State irrigation minister, Rajib Banerjee said that although there is a rise in water level of different rivers, nowhere were they flowing above the danger level.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and all the barrages have been told to give prior information before releasing water,” Banerjee said.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 16:47 IST