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One lakh affected in fresh flood in East Midnapore district

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 22:22

Kolkata: Nearly one lakh people in East Midnapore district of the state were affected as a vast area covering 553 villages, mostly under Panskura and Tamluk blocks, were flooded after a breach in an embankment of the Kangsabati river.

"Such a situation developed following incessant rains since Saturday last," Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said here on Monday.

Nearly 32,000 affected people had been provided shelter in 154 relief camps, while a fund of Rs 1.2 crore had been sent to East Midnapore district magistrate for relief operation.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was monitoring the entire situation, he said.

Funds have also been sanctioned for construction and repair of houses either fully or partly damaged, he said.

"The Kangsabati embankment was breached at the same place at Garpurushottampur near Pankskura where the army personnel had repaired it during the first phase flood a few days back," Disaster Management department sources said.

With the embankment being breached for the second time, army personnel again rushed in to plug it and prevent more areas from being inundated, they said.

The first phase flood in six south Bengal districts including East Midnapore claimed 17 lives affecting nearly 18 lakh people.

First Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 22:22
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