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WB: DVC releases water, no danger of floods

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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