Kolkata: With four more deaths reported
today from the districts, the toll in rain-related incidents
in West Bengal increased to 62 while over 3 million people
remain affected due to flood waters in 15 districts.
"Four more deaths have been reported today -- two each
from Burdwan and Nadia districts," a release issued by the
state secretariat said.
Some major rivers were still flowing above the danger
mark and district administrations have been asked to keep
relief and rescue teams ready in case of breaches, it said.
The officials have been asked to be alert as heavy to
very heavy rain has been predicted at a few places in
Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and North Dinajpur
districts during the next 24 hours.
Over 3 million people have been affected in 256 blocks
and 82 municipalities, while 2,34,299 houses damaged fully or
partially due to flood waters. No breaches of embankment have
Sources said water discharge from barrages was reducing
gradually with 17,000 cusecs of water from the Damodar Valley
Corporation (DVC) barrage, 22,115 cusecs from the Durgapur
barrage and 485 cusecs from Tilpara barrage released during
Altogether, 52,329 affected persons have taken shelter in
324 relief camps, while adequate relief materials have been
sanctioned and 334 medical camps set up in affected areas.
The second battalion of the National Disaster Response
Force, deployed at Udaynarayanpur area in Howrah district, was
continuing search and rescue operations.
A report from Malda said a student died when lightning
struck him at Manikchak area.