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Mamata blames Bengal floods on Jharkhand govt

‘Jharkhand and DVC have released water without any information, without consulting us. They just release the water whenever they feel like and people here suffer. It is a manmade flood,’ said Banerjee after visiting the flood affected areas of West Midnapore district.

Banerjee who has been protesting against the release of excessive water by Jharkhand in the wake of cyclone Phailin, distributed relief among marooned people of Gopiballavpur on Wednesday. She has also asked for intervention from the Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh in the matter.

She announced Rs 15,000 compensation each for families whose houses have been damaged in the recent floods. She also held meetings with the district administration for controlling the flood situation and speeding up relief operations.

Banerjee visited Jhargram to review the flood situation caused by an overflowing rivers which has swollen due to release of water from Galudi Dam in Jharkhand following incessant rainfall caused by cyclone Phailin.Four blocks - Gopiballavpur-I, Gopiballavpur-II, Nayagram and Sankrail - in Jhargram sub-division have been inundated by the overflowing Subarnarekha.

Banerjee also visited  the flood-affected areas of Howrah on Wednesday, official sources said. The convoy of Banerjee found itself going down a wrong route in the jungles of the former Maoist stronghold of West Midnapore district, police sources said.

Meanwhile, Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand government on Wednesday denied West Bengal’s claim that it had released water without consultation, while Damodar Valley Corporation said it had informed collectors of six Bengal districts on 11 October following cyclone Phailin.

‘We consulted the secretary (West Bengal Water Resources Department) on the release of water,’ Jharkhand water resources department’s principal secretary Avinash Kumar said.

‘On previous occasions also water was released only after consultations and after informing them. This time everybody knew that there was possibility of heavy rains,’ he said.
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