Border outposts submerged as Bengal floods worsen, patrolling gets tougher


Border outposts submerged as Bengal floods worsen, patrolling gets tougher

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has made it clear to her cabinet colleagues that she will not tolerate any complaints of nepotism in relief distribution following the devastating floods. So far, there are reports of 152 deaths due to various causes like drowning, snake bites, etc.in the state in the ongoing floods.

Earlier in the day, Banerjee had visited flood-affected districts of Malda, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur and interacted with the affected people.

"There is enough aid material". The Chief Minister also said that the Centre must treat all flood-affected states equally and provide flood related funds to each one of them.

Guwahati: Three more lives have been lost today in Assam floods while 12 districts continue to be affected. She said her government would soon send a comprehensive report on flood situation and damages to the Union government for consideration of monetary help to tide over the situation.

"Water has started receding from the flood-hit areas in these districts and people are returning home". Each state should get its due.

"I have also written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few times regarding the erosion of the Ganga's banks but no actions have been taken", she alleged. The Chief Minister gave assurance that there will be no paucity of relief materials to the flood affected-people from the state government.

Banerjee directed the officials to ensure there was sufficient medicine to manage any disease outbreaks that may occur once water levels subside. The floods mean a worrying situation for jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) posted on outposts close to the Bangladesh border in West Bengal's Malda district.

"This situation is due to the water level of the river", she told locals.

The Chief Minister said the District Magistrate of Malda had informed her that a dam had been breached in Purnea district of Bihar as a result of which large areas of Itahar block in Uttar Dinajpur and Buniadpur area in Dakshin Dinajpur district were getting flooded.

According to the State Irrigation Department, heavy downpour in Nepal and Bihar is further worsening the situation as the waters released by them is entering Mahananda.

"The report will be submitted to the chief secretary and chief minister in about a week", he said.