WB CM directs officials to provide all support to flood-hit districts
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a stock of the situation in three north Bengal districts, where heavy inundation from rain water has seriously affected the life of common people.
She had directed officials to take necessary steps so that people in the affected districts do not face much trouble and get any and all support from the State Government’s end.
The state Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee directed district officials to undertake repair work of embankments on an urgent basis if required in any of the places, after holding a video conference with senior officials from Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling. Heavy torrential rain has disrupted life of common people in many parts of the three districts and the plain land that comes under Darjeeling district.
The Irrigation Minister said that officials of the department are alert round-the-clock and are rushing to spots of emergency, whenever required, on an immediate basis. They are also keeping a constant watch on the condition of embankments in vulnerable areas. They will rush to the place if they feel that the situation could turn worse.
Repair work has already been undertaken at Salkumar and some locations in Banarhat. The district officials have also been asked to stay in constant touch with the officials from Sikkim and Bhutan. Homes in several districts get inundated after overflowing of the river channels that flow down the hills in Bhutan. The Irrigation Minister will visit the districts next week.
The State Irrigation department had taken several measures, much before the monsoon had set in, to ensure minimum loss of life and property due to inundation by rains. The Irrigation Minister had set a deadline to complete repair work of embankments and the work was undertaken following his direction. He had been visiting all the districts where floods and flood-like situations are common and monitored the work to ensure timely completion of projects.