West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her way to Jhargram on Monday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district. An official gave this information at the state secretariat.
Ms Banerjee is “deeply saddened” by the release of “excessive water” by the Damodar Valley Corporation, which has led to a flood situation, the official said.
She said she may conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Ghatal in Paschim Medinipur district on Tuesday.
At least 23 people have lost their lives and several lakhs have been displaced in floods in seven districts of Bengal, which Ms Banerjee has described as “man-made”. He blamed the DVC for releasing “excessive water” from its dams, leading to the situation.
Several districts of South Bengal like Howrah and Hooghly received heavy rains last week. He visited the flood-hit Amta and his plan to go near Udaynarayanpur had to be abandoned due to heavy rains. He wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging “man-made floods” by the Damodar Valley Corporation. The Prime Minister had assured them of central help.
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