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Over 70 dead and 37 lakh affected in the wake of Cyclone Komen

  • Hiral Patel
  • August 3, 2015
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The flood situation in the three states of Bengal, Odhisa and Manipur has taken a turn for the worse with a mounting death toll of over 70. 2.14 lakh people have been displaced from their homes and have taken shelter in relief camps. The weather report predicts more rain in the next 24 hours.

The incessant rain is attributed to Cyclone Komen, its aftermath has affected lives of over thirty seven lakh people across the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur, heavy rains have cut off important road links in the north-east. According to reports 38,046 houses were damaged and 2,05,901 houses were damaged partly. Crop over an area of 4,72,645 hectares was damaged due to the floods.

Disaster Management official said, “altogether 1,537 relief camps have been set up to shelter over 2.14 lakh marooned people and 204 medical camps have been opened.” Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday held a meeting with senior officials at the state secretariat to review the situation.

Bengal Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said,

“Even though there was reduced rainfall today, the situation remained unchanged in Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah, West Midnapore and East Midnapore districts as the quantum of release of water from different barrages remained almost the same following heavy rains in upper catchment areas.” He added, “The situation remained unchanged in the affected districts mainly because of high tide and release of water from different barrages. However, the situation is likely to improve from tomorrow.”

Manipur is suffering from what people say are the worst floods in 200 years, in which an estimated one lakh people have been affected. The capital city of Imphal has been cut off from Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar border and Jiribam on the Assam border, rescue teams are facing a tough time in carrying out operations in Joumol village in Chandel district, where 20 people died in a landslide on Saturday.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that heavy to very heavy rain might occur at isolated places of Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, Bardhaman, Howrah, East and West Midnapur districts of Gangetic West Bengal. The IMD further stated that the sea would be rough along and off the West Bengal coasts asked fishermen to be cautious while venturing out in the waters.

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