With the heavy downpour after a long awaited monsoon, like most of the states, heavy rains have crippled the lives of many people in West Bengal.
At least 16 people have lost their lives and almost around 20 lakh lives have come under the wraps of the heavy rainfall and the water released by the DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation), in 160 villages in West Bengal. While some part of the states still remain under control, some of the low lying areas like Purulia, Birbhum, Mednipore and Hooghly are reported to be inundated.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state was suffering from a “man made” flood crisis and there is little left to do when the water table rises higher after the release of the water by the DVC. She blamed the DVC for releasing water after such heavy rains.
After conducting a survey of the Udaynarayanpur block of the Howrah district, Ms. Banerjee told reporters that, “There has been good rainfall this season, but this alarming situation is entirely man-made.”
She lashed Out the BJP government for not addressing the dredging of the DVC barrages, , despite repeated requests. “I think the Centre must carry out an immediate reform of DVC. I have been raising this issue of water release by DVC since 2012. But no action has been taken.” She reiterated that if the center can carry out the reform task for the barrages then it can lead to the permanent solution of the flood situation.
During her visit to the villages Amta in Howrah district and Khunakul in Hooghly district , the TMC supremo was accompanied by Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Chief Secretary Mala Dey, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and assured the flood victims that the State government will do its best to secure the lives of the people affected by the flood. It will also continue to monitor the situation on and off and do stock taking to recuperate the loss.
The flood has wreaked a havoc in every corner of the state and in the last 48 hours around 2301 people were evacuated and 202957 hectares of agricultural land was completely submerged in the deluge of water.
The sinister floods destroyed round 7868 houses and partially damaged 44361 houses, leaving so many shelter less and lost.
However the state government has stepped up its rescue operations by supplying dry food and water packets to around 162 relief camps spread in 12 flood-affected districts of the state, according to media officials.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee briefed the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the flood like situation in Bengal last Tuesday, and discussed on the necessary steps taken by the State government and the centre.
She also announced the signing up of a 2000 crore project with the World Bank for the reform work on the lower basin of the Damodar river.
However keeping in view the overall situation of the flood hit areas of the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has formulated an insurance scheme for the farmers to recover for the losses and ensure prompt settlements of their claims. a 24×7 helpline number 1078 formed to address the concerns of the flood hit victims.
West Bengal irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee reported PTI saying water has started receding in some of the worse hit districts and yesterday the Indian Air Force helicopters were deployed in these crucial spots to rescue the flood victims from neck deep water-logged areas.