The flooded Fulhar river claimed two lives in Manikchak in Malda, when a minor girl and a youth died in two separate incidents.
The quick response team in speed boats and divers searched for the two who went missing in the flood waters, but they failed to find them. On the other hand, after crossing the ‘extreme danger level’ (EDL) yesterday, water level in the Fulhar river decreased to some extent today, but it still remained above the EDL.
According to the police, a youth of Khoirabad village in Mathurapur Gram Panchayat, Kartik Basak, 26, went missing after he went to the river to take bath.
“Some locals spotted his clothes at the ghats and assuming the worst and informed his family members. On the other hand, a class-two student, Puspa Mandal, 9, of Shankartola also met the same fate,” a source said.
The father of the girl, Sudhir Mandal said, “She went to the river as she was not aware that it was flooded, and perhaps she was swept away by the strong current. ”
According to the irrigation department, Fulhar was flowing at 28.51 m height as per the reading at 6 p.m. today, which is still 0.16 m above the EDL. “Water level in the other rivers in the district like the Ganga and the Mahananda was rising, though both remained below the danger level,” a department source said.
According to sources, fresh areas in the Mahanandatola GP were flooded last night and 50 houses were feared to be inundated last night at Bonkutola. Areas in Ratua and Harishchandrapur are still under threat, while rumours that a dam had broken in Bihar sent people into panic mode.
Drinking water remained a burning issue in these areas as the tube wells have gone under water, while some traders have also started selling essential commodities at high prices.
Locals also alleged shortage of relief materials, though the block and district officials claimed to have enough of them. Malda DM, Kaushik Bhattacharya, said, “We are keeping a close eye on the situation and the flood victims are being helped in all possible ways.”