Torrential rains cause flooding in Siliguri, Rajib Banerjee to visit affected areas
Heavy torrential rain disrupted the normal life after many parts of Siliguri were inundated. Siliguri has witnessed heavy rainfall since July 20 that had led to the situation. The city has received a rainfall of 138 mm in last 24 hours.
According to the police in last three days, landslides had taken place in at least five places in the region completely disrupting the normal life in city on the Himalayan foothill.
According to the meteorological department the South West Monsoon is active over sub-Himalayan Bengal and Sikkim which led to the heavy rainfall in the area.
As the monsoon continues to move towards the foothills of the Himalayas from the sea level, the rain has increased. The MeT office predicted that there is some more rainfall in the region in the next 4-5 days, sources in the regional meteorological office in Jalpaiguri said.
A large part of Siliguri including Babu Para, Milan Palli, Lake Town, Nabagram, Central Colony and Jalpaiguri town areas were inundated due to prolonged rainfall. Other areas like Santoshinagar, Ganganagar, Noukaghat, Shitalpara, Promod Nagar, Champasari, Milanmore, Udayan Colony, Smarnagar, Ashoke Nagar and Shaktigarh were waterlogged.
The situation at the ward number 23 under the Siliguri Municipal was further complicated after the embankments of Jorapani river got damaged and the water entered into the nearby areas.
Even the shops in the market areas of Siliguri went under the water, thereby destroying the goods. There is a possibility of many items getting damaged after water entered into the godowns at Nayabazar area. Dabgram Phoolbari area, the Assembly constituency of the state tourism minister Goutam Deb was also inundated. Deb visited the spots to take a stock of the situation in the area.
Sourav Chakraborty, Chairman of Siliguri-Jalpaiguri Development Authority visited various spots and talked to the people there. He inspected the waterlogged areas and talked to the senior officials of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation as how to tackle the situation.
What measures could be taken to discharge the accumulated water were discussed at length. It was learnt that the state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee may visit the places to take a stock of the situation.