Mamata discusses flood situation at Nabanna meet, urges depts to help those affected
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed all departments of the state government to get involved and take necessary measures to help people in the flood-affected districts.
In a meeting at Nabanna on Thursday, the matter related to the present situation in the flood-affected areas was taken up and discussed. During the meeting, the Chief Minister asked all departments to stand by the affected people. The departments have been asked to extend help to the affected people in all possible ways.
Departments including the state Irrigation and Waterways department, Disaster Management department, Public Works department, Agriculture department etc had been constantly working to help people who were affected in the floods. Now, the Chief Minister has asked all the departments to get involved and support the affected people.
Eleven districts in the state were affected due to the floods. In South Bengal, the damage was caused due to heavy rainfall from July 21 that continued for the next few days. The North Bengal districts were affected due to heavy rains that continued for three days from August 12.
The state government had provided the people with all sorts of relief materials. More than 12 lakh tarpaulins were being distributed among those affected. The agriculture department is also taking necessary steps to distribute paddy seeds among farmers in North Bengal. It had already distributed seeds among farmers who incurred heavy losses due to the floods in South Bengal.
Other departments including Horticulture and Fisheries will also be taking necessary steps to help the farmers. People, who incurred loss as bheries were over-flown due to heavy rainfall, would also get assistance by the state government.
The Chief Minister has also directed to give stress on proper dredging of the canals in the state. It is learnt that she initiated this to take the step considering that it would help in reducing the chances of floods. It may be mentioned that there are several narrow canals in North Bengal and the steps have been directed to ensure after the floods in the region.