Tuesday, September 28, 2021

14 dead, 2.5 lakh displaced as heavy rain, water discharged from dams flood Bengal

At least 14 people died due to wall collapse or electrocution and nearly 2.5 lakh got displaced in six districts of West Bengal, where discharge of water from Damodar Valley Corporation dams, followed by heavy rain NSE -4.13 %, has inundated streets and homes, a senior official said.

The state government has set up camps and shelters for the displaced as relief operations. These operations started last week and continues in the areas affected by the flood.

An official reported that several areas in the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas are flooded with water and people struggling to meet their basic needs. He said that a lakh of tarpaulin,1000 tons of rice, thousands of bags of drinking water and clean clothes were sent to houses of shelters.

The official said, “We are collecting details of the 14 people who lost their lives in the flooding. We are awaiting a final report from the district administrations”.

The army and the Air Force on Monday had started rescue operations in the district of Hooghly, where rivers inundated villages after it flooded.

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