The state government Thursday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of nine persons who lost lives in the flash floods floods in five West Bengal districts.
This one-time compensation will be extended to each of the flood victims family with an immediate effect, said Amit Chowdhury,joint secretary,Disaster Management Department,Chowdhury also said the number of relief camps in the flood-hit districts has been increased to 260 to provide shelter to those rendered homeless.
Seven persons have died in West Midnapore and two in Bankura. Situation in East Midnapore district continues to remain grave due to the inflow of tidal water through breached river embankments, sources said.
Lakhs of people under 80 blocks of the five districts - West and East Midnapore,Howrah,Bankura and Hooghly have been affected,with 71,000 houses either fully or partially damaged,they said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who visited the affected areas,in a Facebook post last night,said people in the five districts were in deep trouble following the sudden release of water from different reservoirs of Jharkhand.
I have visited four districts in the past two days and have seen how the flow of water from DVC barrages,released without any consultation and prior information to the state government,had inundated large number of villages. Release of water from Galudhi barrage of Jharkhand government further added to our woes, Mamata wrote on her Facebook wall.
It (flood) was not due to rains. There was no continuous monitoring of those agencies who abruptly released water, she alleged.
The DVC,however,denied the charge saying the water was released with prior intimation to the West Bengal administration.
DVC Chairman R N Sen said combined discharge of water from Maithan and Panchet dams Thursday was only 30,000 cusec.
With this minor discharge,there is no possibility of inundation on either side of the river banks, Sen said.
However,West Bengal government sources said 60,000 cusec water was released from Galudhi barrage in Jharkhand during the day.
States Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee,visited Ghatal and Daspur in West Midnapore and asked officials to expedite relief and restoration works in the affected areas.