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10 Jul 2017

Flood in three north districts - Over 100 houses submerged

People wade through a waterlogged street at Mahamayapara in Jalpaiguri on Sunday.
Picture by Biplab Basak
TT, July 9: Torrential rain across north Bengal in the past 24 hours has flooded several low lying areas on the riverbanks and over 100 houses are immersed in water in Jalpaiguri district.
Rivers in the region have swollen with the water level reaching near the danger mark. Different areas of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar districts are submerged.
Over 100 huts at Binnaguri and Gayerkata, under Dhupguri block of Jalpaiguri district, were inundated.
The residents were shifted to safer places, administrative sources said.
In Jalpaiguri town, areas like Congresspara, Mahamayapara and Pandapara are gripped by waterlogging.
The water, however, receded later in the afternoon, sources said.
The residents of the town allege improper drainage has led to the waterlogging. "We hope the municipality will take necessary steps to improve the drainage system," Debasish Ghosh, a Mahamayapara resident said.
In Mainaguri and Rajganj blocks, there was a flood-like situation at places like Kumarpara, Milanpally and Takimari as the water from the Neora and the Teesta rivers entered these areas.
"We have reports that due to rise in the water levels of the Neora, Mal and Kumlai rivers, the banks are eroded at places like Kumlai, Teshimla and Bidhannagar, all under Malbazar subdivision. Our officers have gone to these areas to take a stock of the situation," an administrative official in Malbazar said.
In Alipurduar town, water-logging was reported in at least five wards, all located close to the Kaljani river. "Water from the river has entered the low-lying areas. A number of houses have been inundated and people were moved to safer places. We are using pumps to drain water out of these locations," a civic official said.
In other parts of the district, the Torsha river has flooded some areas of Jaigaon and Dalsinghpara whereas the Basra river has inundated parts of Hamiltonganj and the Malangi areas of Hasimara.
The incessant rainfall has also led to water-logging in some parts of Siliguri subdivision.
According to the sources, in the past 24 hours, Kumargram recorded 230mm rain, followed by Hasimara (220mm), Alipurduar (150mm), Jalpaiguri (140mm), Bagdogra (130mm), Siliguri (100mm) and Kalimpong (60mm).
Sources at the Met office said the southwest monsoon was vigorous over Sub-Himalayan Bengal and Sikkim and causing rainfall in a consistent manner. "More rainfall is expected in the next two to three days," a source said.
"There is also a forecast that it will rain 70mm to 200mm in the region and even more than 200mm at isolated places over these districts in the next 24 hours," the source added.

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