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Mamata moves in to check Bengal flood situation

Cyclone Phalin may have come and gone but the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has put her foot down against the release of excess water by Jharkhand and DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation) without intimating the state. This has caused a few districts in Bengal to flood.

Banerjee wrote to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing her discontent over the issue. She convened an urgent meeting at her residence with the Rural Development Minister and Disaster Management Minister over the flood situation in the state. AITMC general secretary Mukul Roy and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee will visit Purba and Paschim Medinipur to provide relief materials to the affected on Tuesday night.

Heavy rains triggered by cyclone Phailin has affected at least 10,000 people in Purulia district of West Bengal, adjoining Jharkhand. District magistrate Tanmoy Chakrabarty said 2000 houses were damaged and 1500 houses were also partially destroyed in the heavy rains that lashed the district from Sunday night.

Most of the rivers in West Midnapore district are flowing above the danger mark as huge amount of water has been released from dams in Jharkhand, official sources said. ‘Huge amount of water has been released from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dams in Jharkhand as a result most of the rivers in West Midnapore district are flowing above the danger mark,’ the sources said.

The district administration has made arrangements for evacuation of people living in low lying areas to safe places and has also kept boats and relief materials ready. Relief camps have been opened in many places where people have been shifted due to the flood threat, sources added.
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