Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar facing flood-like situation

Kolkata, Oct 4 (UNI) Due to cloudburst in North Sikkim and subsequent release of huge water resulting in outburst in lake Lhonak and major breach in Chungthang dam, there was severe flash flood from Teesta barrage resulting in flood-like situation in the downstream districts of Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar in North Bengal.

Official sources said the resent Teesta river level at Domohoni (in Jalpaiguri) is 85.18m.

Four teams of NDRF continue to be deployed presently in North Bengal (Jalpaguri – 2, Darjeeling -1 ,Siliguri – 1), while two more companies of NDRF have also been dispatched to Jalpaiguri.

Apart from NDRF, seven SDRF teams are presently deployed in these three districts.

Family of three who had been stranded in Rangpo area (Lava block) has been rescued, sources added.

In all 14 people (13 from Rangpo forest valley and 1 from Tarkhola) of Sangsey GP under Lava Block, Kalimpong district, situated just on the Sikkim border, are found missing.

Efforts are being made by the state administration to trace them.

Three unidentified bodies have been recovered till now, while the process of identification is being carried out.

Around 2000 tourists are stranded in Sikkim and contact is being established with them and information is being shared with their families.

Another 24×7 Control Room in Tourism Department is functional in Tourism Centre, BBD Bag–1800-212-1655 & +91-9051888171.

Due to persistent low pressure over Bengal for the last few days resulting in heavy rainfall in south Bengal and Jharkhand, discharge of water from various DVC barrages of Maithon and Panchet and reservoirs of Mukutmanipur has been reduced to 40,000 cusec and river level in Howrah and Hoogly has started receding.

Districts of Bankura, Howrah, Hooghly, Pachim Medinipur and Purulia have been severely affected.

Five NDRF teams have been deployed – Howrah-2, Hooghly -2 and Paschim Medinipur -1.

SDRF Teams have also been deployed in these districts.

As directed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the 24×7 Control Room at Nabanna is functional and can be contacted at – 033-22143526 & 1070.

24×7 Integrated Control Rooms are functional in all districts.

All leave of state government employees has been cancelled.

The Health Department has been directed to ensure adequate supply of emergency medicines for dengue, malaria etc, sources informed.

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