Darjeeling: Goutam Deb, state Tourism minister took stock of the flood situation of North Bengal in an administrative meeting with different government departments in Siliguri on Sunday.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called up and asked us to keep a close tab on the situation. We are all working on ground zero. We held a review meeting to take stock of the situation," stated Deb talking to media persons.
According to him, the worst affected districts are Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. In Alipurduar more than 500 relief camps have been opened along with gruel kitchens. Both the Municipal area and Blocks have been badly affected.
In Jalpaiguri 1,24,230 persons are affected; 91 relief camps have been opened; 49 relief camps; 74 gruel kitchen have been opened in Jalpaiguri.
Around 187 hectare of land has been damaged in the flood. In Cooch Behar around 2 lakh people have been affected. 320 relief camps have been opened in the district. The situation in Malda is quite grim too. Chopra is the worst affected in North Dinajpur district. A rescue centre has been opened in Chopra. In the plains of Darjeeling district areas including Kharibari, Bidhananagar, Naxalbari and Upper Bagdogra are badly affected. However, no relief camp has been opened in the Siliguri sub division.
"We are distributing relief material including tarpaulin, dry food and medicine. From the Central godown, 5000 tarpaulin sheets have been sent to Darjeeling; 25000 to Cooch Behar; 10000 to Alipurduar and 2000 to Jalpaiguri. Medicines have been kept in stock especially for diarrhea along with anti-venom for snake bites," added the minister.
Deb stated that he is constantly coordinating with quick response teams, disaster management teams the SSB and BSF. "We have speed boats ready. They will be pressed in service as and when required," stated Deb. A control room has been opened at Malda and another at Siliguri (0354-2510166.) "We are manning the situation round the clock. In many rivers the water level has started receding. If it does not rain heavily there will be improvement in the situation in the next few days," said Deb.