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West Bengal floods situation report, 26 Aug 2009

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OVERALL SITUATION

In the state of West Bengal, heavy rains since 16 August have caused floods in several districts, especially Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, and most recently in Malda.

Two days of continuous he avy rainfall in Jalpaiguri district led to the collapse of a portion of the dyke at the 150 feet dam of the Leeshi river on 16 August. This led to flooding of the Chunabhati and the Upper Bagrakote Basti area (on the Kalimpong sub-division border of Darjee ling district). On 23 August, the embankment on Fulahar River at Bhaluka Bazar in Harishchandrapur II Block in Malda district breached . The breach was blocked on 24 August at 2 pm near Banikantatola in Debipur Gram Panchayat of Ratua I Block.

So far, official reports indicate that over 200,000 people are affected in the state and 12 lives have been lost. Around 13,000 people have been accommodated in 30 relief camps or shelters set up by the government. The Inter-Agency Group in West Bengal has shared fou r Situation Reports and conducted a rapid assessment of the situation in Malda district.