Teesta, Jaldhaka, Jorda swelling in Jalpaiguri, large areas inundated

5 Jul 2018

Vast areas under Jalpaiguri municipality (JM) got inundated after heavy rainfall from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. Water-level in the rivers Teesta and Jaldhaka had risen to an alarming level. Irrigation department has sounded yellow-alert at the protected and unprotected areas of Jaldhaka river and the unprotected areas of Teesta river. Local wing of the National disaster response force (NDRF) has been asked  by the district administration to gear up for any kind of situation.
According to sources in the meteorological department, 141.80 mm rainfall was recorded in the district in the last 24 hours. Areas adjacent to the river Karala under JM have remained waterlogged as the water-level rose considerably following the rainfall.
The super-specialty district hospital campus has been waterlogged too. Congress Para, Mahamaya Para, Netaji Para, Paresh Mitra Colony, Din Bazaar, New Town Para, Samaj Para, Indira Colony, Arabinda Nagar, Raikat Para, Boilkhana Bazaar are reportedly the major affected areas in Jalpaiguri town. Five hundred families have been marooned  in municipal areas.
Residents of  Jalpaiguri have alleged that the sewerage system at the municipal areas is pretty old and was not properly up graded in recent past.
Sandip Mahato, member of the chairman-in-council of JM admitted that water from the river Karala flooded large stretch of the municipal areas. “Excessive rainfall has added to the woes of the people. However, water is gradually flowing out  through the drainage system. Some families from the waterlogged areas have been accommodated at the local flood-relief centre,” Mahato said.
Sources in the district irrigation department say that yellow-alert was sounded along the unprotected areas of river Teesta from Domohoni of Maynaguri block in Jalpaiguri and Mekhliganj in Coochbehar. Residents of areas near the river  were warned too.
Ananda Para, Saha Para areas at Maynaguri have been inundated after rise in water of Jorda river.  Water coming down from Bhutan hills has grossly damaged tea-gardens and road of the locality.
Chapadanga area in Mal Bazaar block has been inundated by water from Teesta. Around 500 families have taken shelter at highland areas.