Weatherman forecasts heavy rain in North Bengal

There have been eight more deaths in rain-related mishaps in West Bengal with the monsoon toll so far touching 58 on Monday. A total of Rs.1.16 crore has been allotted by way of compensation to the next of kin of the victims.

A total of 30.7 lakh people have been affected in 15 districts with 2.3 lakh houses being either totally or partially damaged. The rains have subsided in South Bengal but heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast in North Bengal where many rivers are already flowing above the danger level.

The second battalion of the National Disaster Response Force has been deployed at Udaynarainpur in Howrah. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited this place last week, after which she asked her ministers and legislators to fan out all over the affected areas to do everything possible to relieve people's sufferings.

Water discharge from Damodar Valley Corporation dams and other dams continues. The government said that around 17,000 cusecs of water is going to be discharged by DVC and 26,900 cusecs from the Durgapur barrage.

Breaches which had been noticed in some embankments have been repaired and there are no fresh cases. The government said 359 relief camps have been set up and 53,256 affected people have taken shelter in them.

The Public Health Department has distributed 8.3 lakh water pouches. Mobile water treatments units are also being sent to the various districts. The Family and Welfare Department has deployed 367 medical teams where anti-venom medicine, oral rehydration sachets, halogen tablets and bleaching powder are being distributed.