STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 16 July
The flood-condition in the district has remained unchanged even today. A number of villages of Chandrapara gram panchayat, in the Chanchal-II block were inundated by the Mahananda today. The only silver lining for the district administration before the rural polls is the fact that except for the Mahananda and Tangon, the water-level in all other rivers in the district is gradually decreasing.
It has been learnt from sources that 150 families in the Chandrapara gram panchayet fell victim to fresh floods today. They alleged that despite informing the sub-divisional administration last night, no measure was taken to distribute relief items in adequate quantity even today.
There was pandemonium when the officials went to distribute relief items among the flood victims at Gobrahaat area in the Harischandrapur-II block, where the embankment collapsed on 13 July.
Police personnel were injured when aggrieved villagers indulged in fights to get the relief materials before others. A police constable received a head injury. The locals alleged that the quantity of the relief items was inadequate compared to their need. Meanwhile, eight villages of Salaidanga gram panchayat in the Gazole block have been inundated afresh affecting approximately 5,000 inhabitants.
The executive engineer of the irrigation department, Mr AK Singh, said: “Except the Mahananda and Tangon rivers, water-level in all other rivers has shown a declining trend. In the past 24 hours the water-level in Fulohar river has declined by 50 centimeter while in the Ganga the decrease was recorded by only eight cm.”
The District magistate (DM), Godala, Mr Kiran Kumar, said: “The flood situation is gradually improving. We hope it would be much better in the coming three or four days.”
Tomorrow voluntary organisations like Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Red Cross and Malda Merchant Chamber of Commerce would visit the areas to distribute relief materials. Dr D Sarkar of the Red Cross, said that on request of the DM, Malda, they would visit the flooded areas and distribute medicines.