Economy

Floods: Bengal death toll 58

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on August 23, 2011

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The West Bengal government on Tuesday reported eight more deaths in floods in 15 districts of the State. The death toll now stands at 58.

According to the State government, over 30 lakh people residing in 256 blocks and 82 municipalities in these district have been affected. While over 43,000 homes have been completely destroyed, another 1,90,688 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 already flowing over danger levels.

A total of 17,000 cusecs of water is being discharged by the DVC while another 26,900 cusecs is being discharged from the Durgapur barrage.

PTI adds: A reinvigorated monsoon today swamped large parts of north and central India while a sudden downpour in Delhi gave volunteers a tough time draining out water from fasting Anna Hazare's dais at Ramlila Maidan.

Five people perished in Uttarakhand and three each in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as mercury hovered close to normal levels at many places in the region.

Delhi received a rainfall of 5.7 mm in the last nine hours.

Three children drowned as flood situation remained grim in Uttar Pradesh with major rivers overflowing at a number of places in the State. Three boys, aged between 12 and 15 years, drowned in Jalalabad area in Shahjahanpur district, officials said.

The Ganga was flowing above the red mark at Fatehgarh, Ballia and Gumtia (Kannauj) while the Ramganga and the Yamuna had crossed the red mark at Dabri in Shahjahanpur and Mathura respectively.

Published on August 23, 2011

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