Bengal floods claim four more lives

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on August 24, 2011

The West Bengal government on Wednesday reported four more deaths in the 15 flood-affected districts of the State, taking the death toll to 62.

An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh has been announced for the families of the deceased. An amount of Rs 1.24 crore has been allotted to the District Magistrates for paying ex-gratia.

According to the State Government, nearly 31 lakh people residing in 256 blocks of 82 municipalities in these districts have been affected. A total of 324 relief camps have been set up in the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Malda.

While over 43,000 homes have been completely destroyed, another 1,91,066 homes have been partially damaged. Six of the eight rivers – that include the Jalangi, the Rupnarayan, the Chandia, the Jamuna, the Mahananda and the Ganga – are flowing over the extreme danger levels.

A total of 17,000 cusecs of water is being discharged by the DVC while another 22,115 cusecs of water is being discharged from the Durgapur barrage.

PTI adds: The Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to ensure modernisation of barrages of the Damodar Vally Corporation (DVC) and enhancing of their capacity to hold more water to prevent floods in the State.

“I have already talked to the Prime Minister on this during his recent visit to the State,” she said.

Published on August 24, 2011

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