Jalpaiguri: The water level of most rivers in Jalpaiguri district was receding today resulting in an improvement in the flood situation, though intermittent heavy rains were still continuing.
Marooned residents of Khayerkata village, who had to be evacuated on elephant back after the lone bridge connecting it to Dhupguri town collapsed, have taken shelter in relief camps, officials said.
During his visit to Khayerkata village yesterday, state irrigation minister Manas Bhuniya had said that he would impress upon the central and state governments to enter into a joint pact with Bhutan on common rivers so that people of the region were spared the almost annual flood menace.
One person was swept away and vast areas of Jalpaiguri district in north Bengal were submerged following heavy rains and floods in rivers in the in sub-Himalayan region of the state this week.
Heavy rains caused the rivers to breach their embankment in many places.
The water level in the Teesta River had touched the danger mark and along with Reti and Dudhua had flooded large tracts of Jalpaiguri district, including Khayerkata village and Dhupguri, a tea area.