Kolkata: The incessant rainfall in West Bengal for the last 12 days has wrecked havoc in the state claiming as many as 29 lives and damaging over 16,000 houses in the process.

Certain parts of South and East Bengal have been affected the most. Four districts of the region are completely inundated with water and have set the alarm bells ringing for the district administration. The administration has sounded alert in the region.

The flood situation remains grim at Malda, where Ganga has swollen above danger mark. Even Phoolhaar has also crossed the danger mark.

Subrat Majumdar, an officer of Irrigation Department, Malda, informed that floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, has swamped 10 villages under Manikanchak and Kaliyachak block.

Similar is the situiation in Amata region of Howrah. Reportedly, many rivers in the state are flowing above the danger mark.

The condition has become worse as water released from dams has swelled the rivers dangerously. On Wednesday, DVC released 85,000 cusec of water whereas Durgapur dam released 90,000 cusec of water. Earlier this week Kangsari Dam released 15,000 cusecs and Tilpara dam 3600 cusec of water.

Apart from this, dams lying in deplorable condition have lead to disastrous situation in certain regions.

West Midnapore got completely inundated with water after dam controlling Chandia River, Kelaghai, New Kosi and Roopnarayanpur river water was damaged. This has affected 28 lakh people in 237 blocks and 78 nagar palikas of 14 districts in West Midnapore region.

The other regions where heavy rainfall has triggered flood like situation include Vardhman, Pargana, Hugli and Murshidabad.

JPN/Bureau