West Bengal flood situation unchanged, death toll rises to 17

Last Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 19:53

Kolkata: Flood situation in West Bengal`s six districts remain unchanged, even as the death toll rose to 17 with reports of eight more deaths from different districts on Friday.

"There is no major change in the state`s flood situation. With the release of more water by DVC, some more areas in Hooghly and Burdwan districts have been inundated today," state`s Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee told a news agency today.

Kolkata: Flood situation in West Bengal`s six districts remain unchanged, even as the death toll rose to 17 with reports of eight more deaths from different districts on Friday.

"There is no major change in the state`s flood situation. With the release of more water by DVC, some more areas in Hooghly and Burdwan districts have been inundated today," state`s Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee told a news agency today.

Joint secretary of the state`s Disaster Management Department Amit Chowdhury said in addition to nine deaths till yesterday, fresh reports of eight more deaths have come in today, taking the toll to 17.

Out of these, five were from Burdwan and two were from West Midnapore, while one person was washed away at Udainarayanpur in Howrah district, he said.

A compensation of Rs two lakh has already been announced by the state government to the next of kin of the victims.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 19:53

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