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Fresh tidal wave threatens battered Sunderbans

Even as people are yet to come to terms with the devastation caused by Cyclone Aila,the next tidal wave is supposed to hit Sunderbans on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
June 3, 2009 5:02:04 am

Even as people are yet to come to terms with the devastation caused by Cyclone Aila,the next tidal wave is supposed to hit Sunderbans on Friday.

The tidal wave hits the Sunderbans once every fortnight.

According to Irrigation Minister Subhas Naskar,various areas of the Sunderbans will be inundated again on Friday,causing further damage. He said 20 per cent of the breaches in the embankments could not be repaired before Friday,due to the lack of manpower.

As per the estimate of the Irrigation Department,four gram panchayats of Gosaba block as well as the sea facing areas of Patharpratima and Sandeshkhali blocks would be most vulnerable to the wave.

Sunderban Affairs Minister Kanti Ganguly said the administration has identified 19 points in the various blocks which are vulnurable during the tidal wave on Friday. The rescue team of the civil defence department would be stationed at these points on Friday,said Ganguly.

Naskar said Aila had taught them that the earthen embankments cannot save the villages and some other material would have to be used. This requires proper planning and money.

Ganguly,meanwhile,claimed that the administration had restored the drinking water supply in Gosaba block but it was not adequate. The Sunderban affairs department had also supplied material for construction of tube-wells,but they could not be installed owing to lack of manpower,said Ganguly.

In a related development,a team from the central health department reached Patharpratima block after visiting. Dr Sachidananda Sarkar,Chief Medical Officer,South 24-Parganas,said his team will prepare a report on the health services available in the affected areas.

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