Heavy rains trigger floods in West Bengal, 2 dead
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has blamed neighbouring Jharkhand and the Damodar Valley Corporation for the floods.
Kolkata: In the aftermath of cyclone Phailin, thousands in the South Midnapore district in West Bengal have been rendered homeless by floods. Floods have been triggered by incessant rains in the district.
Over 200 villages in the region have been affected by the floods. The floods have claimed two lives in the state so far leaving 4,000 homeless.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has blamed neighbouring Jharkhand and the Damodar Valley Corporation for the floods. She alleges the floods were caused by the release of water from the Damodar river.
Jharkhand 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 October 11 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.
DVC's Senior Public Relations Officer Vijay Kumar said the collectors of six districts in West Bengal were informed on October 11 before it began discharging water from October 13. He said the Panchet dam was still flowing above the danger level, while water level at the Maithon dam was almost the same during the day.
"Panchet Dam, which was flowing at 428.7 against the danger mark of 425 feet yesterday, was flowing one feet above the mark on Wednesday," Kumar said. He said the water level at Maithon dam continued at the same level recorded on Tuesday at 494.7 feet against the danger mark of 495 feet.
(With additional information from PTI)