Over 14 lakh affected; 35,723 people are still in relief centres

Over 14 lakh people in about 6,837 villages in the State have been affected by the floods caused by cyclone Phailin and the heavy discharge of water from the reservoirs of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said here on Monday.

“The flood situation is under control. Certain areas in Purba Medinipur district are still submerged,” Mr. Khan said. About 35,723 people are still staying in relief centres set up by the State government.

Meanwhile, a meeting between the State government and the DVC scheduled during the day to discuss issues related to the discharge of water from DVC’s reservoirs fell through, with the State government not keen on meeting DVC officials.

Asked by journalists about the meeting, Mr. Khan said there was no use having a meeting with those who had behaved “irresponsibly.”

“After the damage has been done, there is no point in holding talks,” he said.

However, DVC authorities said there was no loss of life as the average release of water over the past few days was 90,000 cusecs, which was below the permissible limit of 1.2 lakh cusecs.

The floods were caused by water in the tributaries of the Damodar river and not by water discharged from the reservoirs, DVC authorities said.

As for the situation on the ground, a number of people have returned to their homes from the relief camps. About 70 to 80 blocks of six districts of south Bengal have been affected by the floods.


  • After the damage has been done, there is no point having talks: State government

  • The average release of water over the past few days was 90,000 cusecs which was below the permissible limit of 1.2 lakh cusecs: DVC