As the rain God seems to cast its fury upon the different regions in the country, West Bengal finds itself in the midst of a transport crisis as rail routes towards several destinations seems to have been disconnected due to heavy rains and flash floods. The commuters traveling to and fro from North East, North Bengal and different regions of the country are feeling completely devastated at the present situation of the inclement weather and dismantled railway routes. As many as nine North Bengal bound trains have been cancelled and few others have been shortly terminated due to the raging floods.
Two people reportedly died in Darjeeling due to landslide and thousands of passengers were left stranded and clueless, without adequate food, water and shelter in the railway platforms. Among the important trains which got cancelled were 25657 Up Sealdah-Silchar Kanchanjungha Express, scheduled to leave Sealdah station at 6.35 am on Monday.Pradipta Chaudhury a bank officer who was back home to Siliguri, on Darjeeling Mail was halted at Birbhum around 2 am at night. After a tedious wait of six hours he finally got on the Burdwan-Malda passenger train and reached National Highway-34 to hire a car for Rs 10000 to reach home.
The other two trains which got cancelled were: the Howrah-Guwahati Saraighat Express, which was scheduled to leave the Howrah station at 3.50 pm and Sealdah-New Alipurduar Teesta Torsa Express, which was scheduled to leave Sealdah station at 1.40 pm.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her concerns over the flood situation in Bengal and decided to write to the center and declare the recent flood situation in Bengal as a national disaster.
A senior state government official stated that, “the center has already released funds for the state of Gujarat and Assam but hasn’t done anything significant for West Bengal.”
However the Chief Minister asserted that the government will not be crumble down in face of crisis and do everything possible in the favour of its people. The flood situation in West Bengal has affected five districts and has inundated around 100 tea gardens. It is worst of its kind in this decade.
The chief minister said rescue operations are picking up and trying to reach all the flood hit areas. Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling are the five districts which have been affected by the flood.
Earlier in the day, Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said that the state government is tackling the flood in north Bengal on war footing. “We have already opened control rooms and I am personally involved in monitoring and management. The state is working on a war-footing to tackle the flood situation in the region which is facing heavy rainfall,” Rajib Banerjee told PTI. According to State Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan, 43 shelters have been opened for the 58000 people affected in the districts of Alipur duar, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri and more help is on the way.
The MET department has predicted severe rainfall for the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Cooch Bihar, Jalpiguri, Alipurduar, North and South Dinajpur. G K Das, the Director of, Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata confirmed, “the monsoon trough is currently suspended in the foothills of Himalayas and is expected to cross over gangetic West Bengal By Tuesday, once it happens, rainfall will subside in North Bengal.”