Following heavy rain triggered by cyclone Phailin and the release of over 110,000 cusecs of water from the Damodar Valley Corporation dams,more than 300 villages in five districts of the state have been left affected with around 100,000 people rendered homeless while an eight-year-old girl died after her house in Purulia collapsed in the storm on Sunday.
Also,the body of 35-year-old Mantulal Partra was on Tuesday recovered from Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore.
The Jharkhand governments move to release the water without giving sufficent prior notice to West Bengal has been heavily criticised by the Mamata government,with Trinamool workers holding demonstrtaions outside the corporations office in Durgapur.
According to official reports,seven blocks in West Midnapore,four blocks in East Midnapore,three blocks in Hooghly,Udainarayanpur in Howrah and some parts in Purulia and Bankura districts have been inundated by the water released from the dams.
District magistrate Tanmoy Chakrabarty said 2,000 houses were fully damaged and 1,500 houses were partially destroyed in the heavy rains that lashed the district from Sunday night.
The flooded rivers include Suvarnarekha,Kansavati,Rupnarayan and Damodar. It is being alleged that the flood situation worsened after the DVC released water without informing the state government.
For the relief operations,the state has already disbursed Rs 15 lakh and set up 62 camps.
We have sent the disaster management teams in West and East Midnapore – the most-affected districts. We have also sent 10,000 tarpauline sheets,clothes and 100 mt of rice. The villagers have taken shelter in the relief camps, said Javed Khan,state minister for disaster management and civil defense.
Around 30 boats of the civil defense have been put in use and teams,working along with National Disaster Response Force,have already evacuated 2,500 villagers.
Mamata writes to Manmohan
In light of the allegations levelled against the Jharkhand government of releasing water from the Damodar Valley Corporation dams without prior notification,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,saying that the move resulted in thousands of lives getting affected as flood caused by the release ravaged five districts in the state. Banerjee is reportedly angry over this miscommunication. She held an emergency meeting in her residence in Kalighat on the same day. ENS