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PM Modi speaks to Mamata Banerjee over West Bengal floods; assures all help to mitigate situation

At least 15 people have been killed and nearly 3 lakh were displaced as large parts of six districts of the state have been inundated due to heavy rain and the release of water by the Damodar Valley Corporation and the Durgapur Barrage.
 

PM Modi speaks to Mamata Banerjee over West Bengal floods; assures all help to mitigate situation-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 4, 2021, 1:50 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday and took stock of the flood situation in the state, a senior official of the state government said.

The Prime Minister assured Banerjee of all central assistance to mitigate the flood situation, he said.

The Chief Minister, who was visiting flood-hit Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district, was learned to have told the Prime Minister that her administration will send a report to the PMO on the flood situation, and damages caused by the deluge after completing the survey, the official said.

At least 15 people have been killed and nearly 3 lakh were displaced as large parts of six districts of the state have been inundated due to heavy rain and the release of water by the Damodar Valley Corporation and the Durgapur Barrage.

Around three lakh people got displaced after heavy rain in the last few days, followed by discharge of water from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dams, inundated major parts of the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas, officials said.

Several areas in the six affected districts are reeling under flood, with people struggling to wade through waist-deep water.

On Monday, the Army and the Air Force had undertaken rescue operations in Hooghly district, where rivers have overtopped banks and flooded villages.

The ongoing flood situation triggered a political slugfest between the ruling TMC and the opposition BJP. Mahapatra accused the Central government-owned DVC of releasing water and causing a "man-made flood" situation.

Teams of NDRF and SDRF, along with the state administration, are involved in the relief and rescue operation.

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