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West Bengal devastated by floods

New Delhi, August 1 (G’nY News Service): Heavy rainfall in West Bengal over the weekend resulted in devastating floods that claimed over 50 lives. The state witnessed havoc in past 48 hours when incessant rainfall continued all across the state as an aftermath of the Cyclone Komen which hit large parts of Bengal, Odisha and Manipur. The deaths include the demise of four children, reported a local daily.

Hitherto, the floods have submerged 12 districts of the state. Reports claim that over 21 lakh hectare of farmland has been submerged. Enormous damage to property is recorded with almost 1.8 lakh houses deteriorated.

Reportedly, two individuals succumbed to a building collapse in Katwa in Burdwan district, while an aged man in Kolkata was killed when half of a building collapsed. Death from similar causes has been reported from all over the state.

Railways and road networks are completely disrupted due to water logging and flooding.
The government is trying to cope with the debacle; 966 relief camps are established where 1.19 lakh people have sought shelter. Medical relief is being provided with 124 currently established medical camps.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, talking to Firstpost, held the neighbouring Odhisa and Jharkhand responsible of degenerating the condition further. “Over 12 districts have been hit and over 36 lakh people affected by the heavy rainfall. Till today, 71 mm of rainfall has been recorded. The release of water by the neighbouring states likes Odisha and Jharkhand has only compounded the problem,” she was quoted saying said. The Chief Minister also placed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing water from its barrage that inundated several districts of the state.

According to state Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee worst affected areas includes the districts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah, West Midnapore and East Midnapore. Seconding the Chief Minister’s claims, Rajiv Banerjee stated that the ‘quantum of water released from different barrages remained almost the same following heavy rains in upper catchment areas’ causing more destruction.

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The Kolkata municipal corporation is operating its 300 permanent pumps along with 350 temporarily established pumps to drain out water. 

An official source added that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Mamta Banerjee over the phone and has assured all help to the state.

According to reports from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the state recorded 143.2 mm till 5 pm on Sunday. The forecast has predicted further heavy rainfall in next 2-3 days, especially in the remote areas of Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, Bardhaman, Howrah, East and West Midnapur districts of Gangetic West Bengal.

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