Flood situation worsens in West Bengal, trains cancelled

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the flood situation in north Bengal and said the administration has been monitoring the relief and rescue operations round-the-clock.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: August 14, 2017 9:27 pm
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Around 60,000 people in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts of West Bengal have been affected by deluge with all major rivers in north Bengal flowing above their danger marks. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the flood situation in north Bengal and said the administration has been monitoring the relief and rescue operations round-the-clock. According to government sources, in Malda district, water of Phulahar river was flowing above its danger level, while 20 villages, mostly under Harischandrapur Block-II and Ratua block, were inundated.

The situation was similar at Bhutni Island in the district, while erosion was taking place at Pardeonapur village near Farakka. “We are concerned about the flood-situation across the country. Earlier floods had affected south Bengal. Now north Bengal also affected,” the chief minister wrote on her Twitter handle this evening.

“We are monitoring the situation 24X7 for relief and rescue operations,” she said.

Reports from Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts, quoting authorities, said 60,000 people have been affected by the flood and though there are no reports of any deaths, two children were missing.

In Jalpaiguri district water discharged from Gajoldoba barrage on the Teesta river has flooded new areas of Mal block and worsened the situation in areas like Milanpalli, Basusuba and Champadanga.

More NDRF personnel have been deployed in these areas for relief and rescue work, the authorities said.

Villages in Dhupguri and Moynaguri blocks of Jalpaiguri have been inundated and a large number of people have taken shelter in government relief camps, they said.

Eastern Railway chief public relations officer R Mahapatra told PTI that a number of trains originating from the city were today cancelled as flood water was flowing above rail tracks in areas under North East Frontier Railway jurisdiction.

The trains which have been cancelled are Howrah-Guwahati Saraighat Express, Sealdah-New Alipurduar Teesta Torsa Express, Howrah-Dibrugarh Kamrup Express, Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express, Sealdah-Alipurduar Kanchankanya Express, Seldah-New Jalpaiguri Darjeeling Mail, Sealdah-New Alipurduar Padatik Express, Kolkata-Radhikapur Express, Sealdah-Silchar Kanchanjungha Express and Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express.

The next announcement would be made only after the situation improves, Mahapatra said.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Aug 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    . While describing the alerts for the country in August-September against major worrisome concerns , text reads : “ Huge dangerous sea storms or floods in coastal areas could likely lash at Tamil Nadu , Gujrat , Andhra Pradesh or in neighboring States leaving a distinct mark of devastation on the land”. So here , Karnataka State is distincly implied for more care and appropriate strategy against floods in August 2017. These alerts in article “ 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February –March and August-September” were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016. It may be mentioned here that these are indications of likely trends for a better and appropriate human strategy which has weight. In this light , no certainty can be claimed.
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      Balasubramanya Baglodi
      Aug 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm
      Flood in West Bengal ? It must be created by Prime minister Modi, is it OK, Mamata Banerjee.