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Ajanta, TNN | Sep 23, 2011, 03.39AM IST

KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed her concern over heavy downpour and the release of water by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) that might flood several districts of the state.

She asked people in flood-prone Hooghly and Howrah to move to higher areas. "DVC is going to release 70,000 cusec because the water level is rising fast. This will lead to inundation in large parts of Hooghly and North 24-Parganas. Since not much can be done, we are asking everyone to move to higher areas. Chandil dam is also likely to release 10,000 cusecs," she said.

Mamata specially mentioned about Khanakul in Hooghly and Amta and Udaynarayanpur in Howrah, where inundation looks imminent. Rivers like Teesta, Mahananda, Damodar, Jalangi, Jamuna and Keleghai were flowing above the danger level. If rain continues, districts like Nadia, Birbhum, Burdwan, Bankura, Howrah, Hooghly, West Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas would be badly affected, she added.

The chief minister urged local agencies and clubs to assist district officials in reaching people to safer areas. "We will take measures to tackle any adversity, but we would like everyone to pitch in so that people living in low-lying areas don't get into trouble. All government departments like irrigation, civil defence, disaster management are continuously reviewing the situation," said Mamata., adding, "We have nothing to do against natural calamities. But we are trying hard to prevent floods and tackle the situation."

The Chief Minister said shelter for people and arrangements for distribution of relief have been made in consultation with district magistrates.