West Bengal floods: 2 dead; Mamata blames J'khand

Kolkata, Oct 17 : At least two people were killed in floods that ravaged West Bengal in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, said reports on Thursday.

Over 200 villages in six districts, including West Midnapore, have been flooded leaving at least 4,000 people homeless.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed neighbouring Jharkhand and the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for the floods.

"Due to sudden release of huge water on several occasions in the last few days, 5-6 districts of West Bengal are presently in great trouble," said Banerjee in a Facebook post.

"I have visited 4 districts since yesterday night and I have seen how flow of water from DVC barrages released without any consultation and prior information to the State Government, have inundated large number of villages. Release of water from Galudhi barrage of Jharkhand further added to our woes," she said on Wednesday.

"I have seen in my own eyes the plight of poor people in precarious conditions, entirely due to man made incident by some irresponsible people. It was not primarily due to rains. There was no continuous monitoring by those agencies who abruptly and suddenly released water," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said.

"I made this unannounced and surprise visit without even a pilot car, even while travelling to Jangal Mahal areas. I am happy that Home Secretary and DG Police have travelled with me and Chief Secretary also joined at Kolaghat," she said.

"I am also happy to see how our administration and people are putting their best foot forward with whatever is possible within our limitations. I started my visit yesterday evening and till now I am on the road," Banerjee posted.

--IBNS (Posted on 17-10-2013)

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