Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Get news updates:
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article

Home > India > News > PTI

West Bengal flood toll rises to 53

June 27, 2008 19:02 IST

Related Articles
West Bengal floods leave 4 dead, 12 missing
West Bengal flood toll 23
Images: Rains wreak havoc in West Bengal
WB: Army called out in flood-hit Midnapore

Seven more deaths were reported on Friday from interior villages of the flood-hit East and West Midnapore districts, raising the toll to 53, even as the situation further improved.

Reports were still trickling in from the villages rendered inaccessible due to the flash floods of major rivers like Kapaleshwari and Keleghai.

East Midnapore had 27 fatalities while West Midnapore had 26, the districts have a total population of 35 lakh, affected by the floods.

Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta, who reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting, said the government so far sanctioned a sum of Rs 61.5 crore for relief and reconstruction. The fund would be mostly spent on repair of damaged roads and embankments, besides school buildings, many of which partly or fully collapsed during the floods.

The repair of breached embankments had already started in the two districts. Dasgupta said to streamline the relief distribution, state and district-level monitoring committees had been formed.

A finance ministry team would supervise relief distribution. Meanwhile, the two columns of army were today withdrawn from affected areas in East Midnapore district after the flood waters receded.

Dasgupta said that 446 medical teams had fanned out in the flood-hit areas from Kolkata.

© Copyright 2008 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.