The irrigation department issued red alert at Domohoni point, an unprotected embankment area, as Teesta was in spate in the wake of heavy rains in Dooars area and adjoining Bhutan hills for last two days.

Thousands of people in Binaguri, Banarhat, Jateswar in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar and Hamiltonganj in Coochbehar were marooned as flood waters entered into over 1000 dwellings, a district official said.

The irrigation authorities issued yellow alert on Torsha in Coochbehar district with stretches of NH 31 and the State Highway flooded in pockets under Alipurduar sub-division affecting transport, the official said.

Normal life was disrupted as Siliguri received 150mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. Some areas remained waterlogged after the lashing rains.

The affected residents blocked the highway for several hours to protest against the establishment for not taking stalk of situation in water logged areas. 

An affected resident, Umesh Sharma said the situation is pathetic, as their lives have come to a standstill and the state authorities have still not taken any action.

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