Northern districts of West Bengal are under flood. As of now flood water is increasing in Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur and Part of Malda District.
Cause of Floods in the Jalpaiguri, Alipur Duar and Cooch Behar districts is due to the excessive rainfall in the catchment areas of the Torsa and Raidak-I&II between 9th to 14th August.
Cause of Floods in the three districts of Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and lately in Malda is due to the excessive rainfall in the catchment areas of Kosi River Basin and the Mahananda River Basin which led to the confluence of these two river basins causing unprecedented floods in North Bihar and in these three districts from 12th August
Following rivers have caused extensive damage: Fulhar River, (.71m above EDL), Atreyee River (0.2m above EDL) and Teljana (.2m above EDL)
Population affected : 44,21,996
Number of human lives lost – 32 (Drowning- 30, Snake Bite- 2)
Number of cattle livestock lost/ perished - 104 (Assessment is going on)
Cropped area affected (in hect.) - 293770.790 (Assessment is going on)
Number of houses - Fully (59288) Partly (141606)
Number of Relief Camps opened – 1155
Persons in Relief Camps – 2,74,901
Relief materials dispatched: Tarpaulins – 1.8 lakh, Rice – 1900 MT, Contingency – Rs. 2.05 crore, Disaster Management kits – 15000, Chira – 10 MT, Gur – 2.5 MT and Baby Food – 2MT.
Transportation is being provided to the stranded passengers at Malda station to reach the Dalkhola station where two special trains from Dalkhola are being run to Gauhati daily at 6:30 hours and 6:00 pm.
In Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur district – voluntary organizations are trying to provide hot cooked meal among the flood victims with their limited resource though need is very high.
Due to no road and rail communication most of the areas remain cut off.
In affected areas Schools are not functional