PM modi dials Mamata Bannerjee for the flood situation in West Bengal; Mamata blames DVC for floods in the state.
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West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee wrote to PM Narendra Modi regarding floods in 6 districts of the state. Banerjee, in her letter, said 16 people died in the flood and lakhs of farmers lost their livelihood. She noted that houses, bridges, power lines and other infrastructure have also suffered extensive damage.
Describing the flood as a “man-made one”, Banerjee held “unprecedented release of water from the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dams Panchet, Maithon and Tenughat” responsible for the flood situation. Water-holding capacity of the DVC’s dams was not increased, though the issues were raised way back in 2015.
According to sources, the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) on Wednesday said that it discharges water after taking consent of the state government and blaming it for the deluge is not justified.
The chief minister wrote to PM Modi that the state is facing a “grave man-made flood situation” in some districts due to “unprecedented” release of water from the DVC dams at Panchet, Maithon and Tenughat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken stock of the flood situation in West Bengal on Wednesday while speaking with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the phone. PM Modi also assured all possible support from the Centre to help mitigate the situation, the PMO tweet said.
The DVC, since July 31, has released 5.98 lakh cusec of water till Wednesday afternoon.
At least 15 people have died, and lakhs have rendered homeless. 3 lakhs were displaced after heavy rain in the last few days. Subsequent discharge of water from DVC dams in large parts of six districts of West Bengal.
The water discharge from the dam has inundated major parts of the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas.
The DVC official said that the DVRRC already tries to restrict water release to the maximum possible but further regulating will put the dams in danger.
Several areas in the six affected districts are reeling under flood, with people struggling to wade through waist-deep water. The districts of Hooghly, Howrah and West Midnapore are among the worst affected
With more rain forecast, the situation may worsen. West Bengal is an equal shareholder of the DVC along with Jharkhand and the Centre. The DVC emerged as a culmination of attempts made over a whole century to control the wild and erratic Damodar river. The valley has been ravaged by serious floods since 1730. It spans over an area of 25,000 sq km covering West Bengal and Jharkhand.
With probable forecast of rain and situations worsening, let’s see what help Bemgal receives from PM Modi on the flood situation in the upcoming days.