WB: DVC releases water, no danger of floods
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 21:21
Kolkata: The Damodar Valley Corporation today released 45,000 cusecs of water from the Durgapur Barrage and was expected to release another 11,000 cusecs by Tuesday night, but it would not pose danger of floods in any south Bengal district.

Burdwan District Magistrate Onkar Singh Meena said that there was absorption capacity upto 60,000 cusecs and there was no danger of floods.

If there was heavy rain and the discharge crossed one lakh cusecs it could lead to floods in the districts of Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah and East and West Midnapore, he said.

In the district people had been asked to move away from low-lying areas of Khandgosh, Raina, Jamalpur and Galsi, villages near the river Damodar, he said.

In West Midnapore district, the release of water by the DVC has led to a rise in the water levels of the Kangsaboti, Keleghai, Kapaleswari and Chandia rivers, Additional District Magistrate, Subhanjan Das.

He said that a population of 1.63 lakh has been affected by the recent rains which damaged crops and houses, he said.

Clothes, eatables and tarpaulin sheets were being distributed to the affected people, he said.

There was some shortage of tarpaulins for which an SOS was sent to the state government and another 15,000 tarpaulins have arrived, he said.

District Magistrate S Gupta said that the water level in the rivers was not alarming because of the DVC discharge and there was an adequate quantity of food.

In adjacent East Midnapore district, the rains hit 12 blocks which affected a population of 50,000.

A control room has been opened in the district headquarters town of Tamluk, while people were being asked to move away from low-lying areas in view of rise in the level of the river Kangsaboti, District Magistrate Archana Meena said.

Irrigation minister Manas Bhunia told reporters after visiting Srimapur village that he was in constant touch with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, but a situation has not arisen for distributing relief.

In North 24 Parganas district, there has been slight damage to embankments of the rivers Bidyadhari and Raimongol with engineers of the Irrigation Department at work, official sources said.

The recent rains damaged houses in riverine areas where relief material has been sent, they said.

In South 24 Parganas, Minister of state for Irrigation Shyamal Mondal held a meeting at the district headquarters town of Canning.

Low-lying areas of Canning, Gosaba, Basanti, Patharpratima, Kuntali, Sagar and Namkhana were still inundated, the sources added.


First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 21:21

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