Flood situation alarming in Malda

Mahananda nearly touches extreme danger level
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
16 Aug 2017

Flood situation worsens in Malda after neighbouring North and South Dinajpur districts as seven out of 15 blocks in Malda have been completely or partially inundated leaving nearly 3.5 lakh people affected till Wednesday evening. Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee, who reached Malda on an emergency tour today, rushed to South Dinajpur districts to take stock of the situation.
Koushik Bhattacharya, DM, Malda informed this morning that six blocks in Malda – Bamangola, Ratua, Chanchal I & II, Harischandrapur I & II were flooded affecting nearly 3.80 lakh people affected. 24,957 flood victims have been rescued by administration and shifted to 29 relief camps opened across the district.
Water from the river Mahananda flooded Chaknagar area in Gazole this afternoon. Four wards of English Bazaar municipality (EBM) got flooded also. People living on the river bed were shifted to local primary schools and provided with dry foods, said Nihar Ghosh, EBM chairman and MLA.
At 3 pm on Wednesday the river Mahananda was flowing at 21.61 meter only 14 centimeter below the extreme danger level (EDL). Informing this, the district irrigation officials said the situation was alarming as the water level was increasing fast.
Although the water level in the river Fulohar that flooded vast stretch of areas in four blocks of Chanchal and Harischandrapur showed slight decreasing trend this afternoon, the water level (28.30 meter) is not much below the danger level (28.35 meter).
The Ganga in Manikchak was flowing at 24.40 meter this afternoon but the water level is not far below the danger level (24.69 meter). Alarmingly, the water level in the Ganga is rising.
Mausam Noor, the Congress MP of Malda North in a letter to CM Mamata Banerjee has urged her to constitute coordination committees at all inundated blocks of Malda to keep communication with district administration. Noor has alleged that many flood-victims are yet to be reached by the district administration.
Meanwhile, EBM chairman Nihar Ghosh met the railway officials urging them to arrange food and drinking water for the train passengers who are stranded at Malda ton station for last 48 hours owing to suspension of train services.
Ghosh along with other Trinamool councilors of EBM supplied dry and cooked food among those passengers today. Other voluntary organizations including Rotary Club of Malda have also arranged food for nearly 650 such passengers waiting at Malda station for last two days.