Flash floods hit North Bengal with three main rivers Teesta,Jaldhaka and Torsha flowing over the danger levels at several places and displacing nearly 2,000 people from their homes.
State Irrigation Minister Manas Bhunia on Monday visited North Bengal to take stock of the situation. Heavy rainfall in parts of North Bengal pose a serious threat to river embankments. The rivers with its origin in Bhutan have not been maintained properly in the past resulting in a rise in their river bed. The work to repair breached embankments has started, Bhunia said.
He will visit Nagrakata in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday where uninterrupted rainfall has played havoc.
Bhunia said he has informed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about the situation over the phone. Cooked food and tarpaulins have been distributed among those displaced, he added.
In the last three days,Jalpaiguri district has received 40mm,102 mm and 81 mm rainfall,respectively,said disaster management department. During the same period,Darjeeling recorded 248 mm rainfall. Cooch Behar,too,has recorded heavy downpour in the last three days. The areas severely affected by rainfall include Nagrakata,Domohani,Fulbari,Hasimara. The administration is suspecting landslides.
One swept away
One person was swept away in the flash flood on Monday. Sofiar Rehman (48) was swept away by flood waters at Magurmari in the district,officials said.