New Delhi: WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to perform an aerial survey of flood-razed areas of Hooghly district on August 4.
At least seven individuals have died and about 2.5 lakh have been removed from their homes in six flood-struck districts of West Bengal, a senior state government official said on Monday (August 2).
Meanwhile, the Bengal CM has directed ministers to keep a tab on the rescue operations and see that relief materials reach all afflicted people. The Army and the Air Force on Monday performed rescue and relief operations in Hooghly district, where many zones have been submerged due to surplus rainfall and deluging of rivers.
Around 2.5 lakh individuals have been rescued and shifted to shelter homes as a large number of houses were devastated in six districts of south Bengal, where water released from the Damodar Valley Corporation dams (DVC) and heavy rain late last week have deluged streets and settlements.
Several zones in Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas districts are reeling under flood, with people fighting to paddle through waist-deep water. Seven people have demised so far but their particulars are not available yet, the official said.
During a Cabinet meeting held at the state secretariat, Banerjee instructed ministers to be present at their respective districts and administer the relief and rescue operations.
A Defense representative said that helicopters and boats were used in relief and rescue operations in Hooghly district, following a plea from the state government. Choppers dropped emergency food supplies in the afflicted areas. “Helicopters of Indian Air Force rescued 31 individuals from rooftops and brought them to safety to Arambagh,” he said.
One flood-relief column of the Army was fielded at Dhanyaghari in Hooghly, the official said.