Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee who travelled up to Kolaghat, about 70-km from the city, to hold a high level meeting with the district magistrates and other senior officials, described the situation as “very bad.”
At least 21 lakhs of people have been affected and another one and a half lakhs stranded in their homes, while standing crops worth crores have been damaged, Bhattacherjee said.
“So far, IAF made about seven sorties on Friday, dropping around 15 tonnes of food in East and West Midnapore districts,” defence spokesman Group Capt R K Das told Deccan Herald here.
32 killed in UP
With the major rivers maintaining a rising trend owing to incessant rains lashing the state for the past few days, flood threat looms large over several districts even as 32 people have so far died in rain-related incidents in the state.
Almost all the major rivers-Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra, Rapti, Sharda and Ramganga were on the rise in the state and some have been flowing close to the danger mark, official reports reaching in Lucknow said.
As many as 32 deaths were reported from different parts of the state in rain-triggered incidents during the past 24 hours, reports said. Three people lost their lives in Agra, while two died in Mainpuri.
One each died in Bareilly and Badaun. In Agra, a brother-sister duo, came under the contact of live wire that had snapped in Etmaddaula area.
Another incident was reported from Lohamandi area, where a woman was electrocuted. In Badaun, one person was burried alive after a dilapidated wall collapsed.
The flood situation remained grim in Orissa on Friday despite fall in water levels of swollen rivers as the government pressed an Air Force helicopter into service to step up relief operations in remote areas.
The water level receded in major rivers including Jalaka, Subarnarekha, Budhabalang and Baitarani following decline in rainfall, enabling the administration to accelerate relief and rescue operations in worst-hit Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts, official sources said.
Lakhimpur worst hit
A woman was killed and three others injured in a landslide triggered by heavy overnight rains in Guwahati even as worst-hit Lakhimpur district in Upper Assam continued to reel under flood waters.
Heavy rains triggered the landslide at Udalbakra-Adagudam, burying a woman and injuring three others, official sources said on Friady.