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Rain Continues, Flood Situation Worsens In Nadia

2015-08-01 22:22

The 'Pancha-Tattwya' temple of ISKCON in Mayapur inundated by spilled over water of the Bhagirathi river. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH

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Krishnanagar, Aug. 1: The flood situation deteriorated rapidly during the last 24 hours in Nadia. At least five persons including a woman died while all the 17 blocks in the district have been affected due to inundation that occurred largely owing to the incessant rain across the district.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee, who has been entrusted to monitor the relief distribution in Nadia by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation during a visit on Saturday.

“The situation has been growing worse in Nadia. The administration is alert and doing the best to help the victims. There is no discrimination in distribution of relief materials. I have told the officials to ensure that no victim is denied the relief”, he said in Nagarukhra on Saturday.

The minister added, “Normal studies at the schools which are transformed into flood centers, will remain suspended until the situation develops. The commencement of the classes will be decided by the district administration”

The minister visited some relief camps in Nagarukhra area under Haringhata block and asked the officials to ensure that none is deprived of any relief materials distributed by the administration.

According to official sources, the victims were identified as Abedin Tarafdar (65), Lalji Mahato (38), both under Chakdaha block who swept away due to heavy flow in the river Ganga on Friday night. The other two persons died in the lightning. A homemaker identified as Phulan Biwi died when a kuchcha wall collapses in Kaliganj block.

The minister announced a compensation of Rupees four lakhs for families of all the victims.

Meanwhile, briefing the flood situation in Nadia additional district magistrate (General) Utpal Bhadra said: “Out of the 17 blocks six blocks including Nabadweep town are seriously affected due to inundation”.

“In Nadia 16233 persons have been shifted to flood centers and given relief materials from 64 relief camps which have been opened along with medical units. 1233 houses across the district were completely damaged, while 55074 houses were partially damaged. 17- Major link roads in the district with a net stretch of about 140-km has been completely washed away in flood water which need to be restored once the water subsided”, the ADM (G) said.

Meanwhile, due to collapse of 15 high tension electric poles in different area and 75 low power electric poles, a vast area in the district has suffered a blackout amidst bad weather.

The district administration has meanwhile, given Rupees five lakhs to all the block development officers to meet any urgent relief needs.

The district administration has started assessing the damage of crops and horticulture produce. As per the preliminary assessment at least 22000 hector land with paddy spread over 332 mouzas were damaged.

ADM (G) said: “Banana plantations on about 310 hector land and sugarcane on 80 hector land also damaged due to inundation of water. 25 country boats have been pressed for rescuing works, while 6 community kitchen have been opened to distribute cooked food among the flood victims”.

 “We have already distributed ten thousand tarpaulin, cloths, dry food, utensils, rice, daal, edible oil, biscuits and pulses apart from cooked food among the flood victims. We have already distributed 30 MT rice and distribute more soon.

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