"There is no major change in the state's flood situation. With the release of more water by DVC, some more areas in Hooghly and Burdwan districts have been inundated today," state's Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee said.
"With fresh release of water from Maithan and Panchet dams by the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) today, some new areas of Hooghly and Burdwan districts have been inundated affecting many, mostly at Khanakul and some areas of Burdwan,” Mukherjee said.
State Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee is already in Khanakul to monitor the extent of damage there and expedite rescue and rehabilitation of the affected people, he said.
Joint Secretary of the state's Disaster Management Department Amit Chowdhury said that in addition to nine deaths till Thursday, fresh reports of eight more deaths have come in today, taking the toll to 17.
Out of these, five were from Burdwan and two were from West Midnapore, while one person was washed away by flood waters at Udainarayanpur in Howrah district, he said.
A compensation of Rs two lakh has already been announced by the state government to the next of kin of the victims.


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