Two feared dead in Malda flood, Mahananda keeps rising

Admin goes all out to combat situation
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
18 Aug 2017

Devastating flood in Malda has reportedly claimed two lives including a baby girl in Chanchal II and Gazole blocks of the district today. Kaushik Bhattacharya, DM, Malda said that the causes of both reported deaths were being probed into. According to local sources, Tashima Yeasmin, aged 5, was drowned in gushing flood water from the river Mahananda when she was alone at room at Ramkrishnapur village of Jalalpur gram panchayet of Chanchal II block. Her parents were busy shifting household items as water from Mahananda inundated the village following collapse of an embankment at Khanpur area near Chandrapara.
Body of the baby girl was found 50 meters away from her house in evening after an extensive search by her father Mahidur Rahman and neighbours.
Another Kamal Sarkar, 80 from Rashidpur village in Gazole was feared dead in flood-water as learnt from sources. The district administration is, however, yet to confirm the causes of those deaths.
Meanwhile, the water-level in Mahananda kept rising after a brief pause around 11 am today. According to the official reports from the district irrigation department, at 6 pm Mahananda in English Bazaar was flowing at 22.84 meter, 1.09 meter above the extreme danger level (EDL). Alarmingly, the river still showed a rising trend. Water level in river Fulohar prevailed 23 cm above danger level (DL) at 6 pm at Tiljana.  However, the Ganga remained both steady and under DL at Manikchak ghat area.
District administration made an all-out drive to reach the marooned areas to supply relief materials and rescue helpless flood-victims. More than 8 lakh people in the district are now battling with flood as learnt from district administrative sources.
Bhattacharya informed that pulse system was adopted from today provide relief items simultaneously at all marooned areas in Harischandrapur. ADM (Zilla Parishad) Malay Mukherjee and ADM (Development) Padam Sunam were deputed to lead relief work there. Debashis Chatterjee, SDO (Chanchal) monitored relief activities at inundated areas in Chanchal today.
Two large teams of national disaster management forces started working at inundated areas. 91 boats and speed-boats are being used to combat the situation.
Many schools and madrasahs in Malda remained closed as either those are located in flooded areas or occupied by flood-victims.
Tapas Biswas, district inspector of schools (secondary) conceded that students and teachers could not reach schools at flooded areas for last few days. However, unlike North and South Dinajpur districts, educational institutions were not officially closed.