Featured Image: A flooded locality at Ghatal in West Midnapore.
Kolkata, 24 July: INCESSANT rainfall since 22 July has created a flood-like situation in at least five districts in south Bengal, while vast areas in another six districts have been inundated due to water-logging.
The worry is, Alipore Met Office in Kolkata has forecast the downpour to continue in south Bengal for at least another 48-hour. Since 8.30 am to 9 pm today, it has rained 103 mm in Bankura.
Two persons have so far died in the state ~ a youth died of electrocution at Ultadanga in Kolkata; another youth got washed away at Indira Canal in Hooghly’s Goghat.
Several areas in Kolkata such as MG Road, Amherst Street, Muktarambabu Street, Central Avenue, Ultadanga, Kankurgachi, Science City, Mukundapur, New Town, Alipore Bodyguards Line, Behala, and Taratala remained under up to knee-deep water through the day.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation has said that since yesterday midnight till 9 pm today, it has rained 69.34 mm at Dum Dum airport, 71.12 mm at Ultadanga, 86.11 mm at New Market, 63.25 mm at Dhapa, 59.59 mm at Ballygunge, 62.23 mm at Behala, 51.31 mm at Joka, and 50.40 mm at Patuli.
Rainwater, coupled with the discharge from DVC dams in neighbouring Jharkhand, has breached an embankment of Shilabati river at Chandrakona in West Midnapore. This has flooded some 20 villages at Ghatal sub-division and they have now been relocated to temporary relief camps.
The districts that are on the brink of flood are Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, West Midnapore, and Hooghly. The other districts affected by the incessant rain include Howrah, East Midnapore, East and West Burdwan, Jhargram, and North 24-Parganas.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna this afternoon that the situation was grim but not out of control yet.
“Every time DVC releases water from its dams, we land up in trouble. It is not flood as yet, but vast areas in Arambagh and Goghat (Hooghly), Labhpur (Birbhum), Ghatal and Midnapore (West Midnapore), and Purulia have gone under-water. We are keeping a close eye and districts magistrates have been asked to ensure evacuation and relief to affected people,” she said.
During the day, state irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee held a video-conference with the DMs of south Bengal districts. “The districts have been send hourly report to Nabanna and have been asked to ensure that adequate relief reaches the affected people in time,” he said.