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Midnapore: Overnight incessant rain has inundated a vast swathe of Bankura and Jhargram districts affecting some 7,500 people and damaging 685 houses.

One person has also been washed away in the flash flood in Bankura district. The administration has opened two relief camps in Bankura sheltering 610 of the worst affected people.

According to the weather office in Kolkata, in the last 24-hours till 8.30 this morning, it has rained a whopping 350 mm at Bankura town, 300 at Jhargram town, and 200 at Lalgarh. There is forecast for more heavy rains in these areas and in Purulia over the next 24-hours.

The incessant downpour inundated as many as eight wards of Jhargram town. These are wards 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, and 14. Jhargram Municipality chairman Sivendra Bijoy Malladeb said that the situation is worrying and they were trying to extend whatever relief possible.

The situation in neighbouring Bankura district is grimmer. The district headquarters Bankura town, Mejia, and Gangajalghati have been badly affected with roads and residential areas going underwater.

Some 5,000-odd people at Anchuri, Keshiakol, Palashtala, Lalbazar, and Pathakpara in Bankura town have got marooned in the sudden flow of water from nearby rivers and canals.

At Mejia town, a farmer named Gunamoy Bhandari was today washed away by flood water when he was going to his paddy field. Gangajalghati town has also been affected. The Bankura-Durgapur Road and also the Bankura-Purulia Road have been partially submerged.

Bankura district administration has said that the overnight rain and resultant flood have damaged 685 houses affecting 2,500 people. The administration has so far opened two relief camps sheltering 610 people.