A flooded Banarhat post office.
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Cooch Behar: Flooding caused by incessant rains over the last four days has inundated several areas in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, and Cooch Behar districts in north Bengal.

Vast parts of Banarhat, Binnaguri, Alipurduar, Kalchini, and Kumargram have gone under water. Today flood water was flowing at knee to waist level at Banahat and Binnaguri.

The worst affected is Banarhat where everything from shops, post office, hospital, and houses are under knee to waist deep water. At Lakhipara tea garden near Banarhat and Dalsingpara tea garden near Kalchini people are compelled to wade through waist-deep water to go out for emergency work.

The Dooars-Assam train line that passed through Banarhat runs the risk of going completely under water as the flood water has already reached the track level.

Flood water on the streets of Banarhat town on Wednesday.

In neighbouring Cooch Behar district, flood water has forayed into several households at Tufaganj, Dinhata, and Cooch Behar town. At Kholta village under Cooch Behar-II block, an embankment on Kaljani river breached this afternoon making the flood water submerge at least 50 households.

The administration has sounded a red alert on Torsha river that flows from Bhutan to Cooch Behar.

The Alipore Weather Observation Centre has said that in the last 24-hours till 8.30 am today it has rained 80 mm – 280 mm at various places in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, and Siliguri. The weather office has sounded a warning for more heavy rains over the next 48-hours as well.

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