Bus services resume in flood-hit Bengal

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 18, 2017

West Bengal government has chose to allocate Rs 100 crore for the flood-affected areas in North Bengal. However, the flood situation has gone worse in Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur districts. Earlier, the floods had ravaged the southern districts in the state.

"Bus services have resumed today (Thursday)".

Several trains, including Uttarbanga Express and Kanchankanya Express, from Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata to north Bengal have been cancelled.

"Instead of making speeches, the state government should initiate talks".

The enclave dwellers in Mekhligunj, Dinhata in Coochbehar claimed that they are facing a trying time as the Kalsi bridge that connects Bangladesh with Coochbehar has been washed away (India has enclaves in Bangladeshi territories). The fix work can only be resumed after the water level in the area goes down.

"We have already urged the district administration to fix the Kalsi bridge".

According to the state government around 40,000 people have been affected by the flood and already more than 50 people have died.

Torsha, Raidak, Mansai at Coochbehar and Atreyee river in South Dinajpur is flowing above the danger mark.

The floods have claimed seven lives so far in the region, while about one lakh people were affected in the five districts-60,000 of them in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri alone -and many of them had taken shelter in the relief camps, officials in the district administrations said.

The situation was similar at Bhutni Island in the district, from where erosion of embankments was reported. Even some BSF outpost near Coochbehar has been washed off due to flood and we have also urged the district administration to set up those outposts, once the water recedes,"Rajib Banerjee said".

"There is no proper coordination between the ministers and the officers working at the ground level", state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.

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