HnExpress Mayank Chakravarty, Weather Report : Flood-like situation in North Bengal while South Bengal faces scorching heatwave Nearby Sikkim and Assam are also suffering due to heavy rainfall and several houses were seen being damaged due to erosion. Their residents have left their homes and have taken shelter on the embankment. “Relief camps have been opened for the affected families. Policemen are keeping watch in the flooded areas,” said Rabindranath Ghosh, the chairman of Cooch Behar municipality.
Several rivers in North Bengal like Teesta, Torsha, Daina are said to be flowing above the danger level.In several places, water from the rivers was seen entering domestic areas creating havoc. The state administration has decided to shift the people who reside beside the rivers so that no lives are lost. Due to passing of the east-west trough from Haryana to Nagaland across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub Himalayan Sikkim and Assam at mean sea level,
and strong moisture incursion from Bay of Bengal will lead to heavy to very heavy rainfall from June 16-19,” said the IMD report. The Kaljani and Torsha rivers which skirt Alipurduar and Cooch Behar towns, respectively, spilled over and flooded adjoining areas, including eight wards of Alipurduar town on Saturday, as monsoon downpour in sub-Himalayan Bengal and Sikkim continued for the fourth day. Civic chairman Prasenjit Kar and SDO Biplab Sarkar visited the areas in boats.
Five boats distributed food. “Eight pump sets are flushing out water from the wards,” said Kar. On Saturday morning, the water levels of the Kaljani prompted state irrigation officials to announce a red alert. Soon, water entered low-lying areas and flooded eight of 20 wards of Alipurduar. “Around 3,000 houses are waterlogged and 10,000 residents are affected,” said a source in the civic body. The Torsha flooded low-lying areas of Cooch Behar such as Debibari, Ranibagan and Fansirghat.
At a time when South Bengal is still reeling under a heatwave, flood-like situation is seen in North Bengal due to excessive rainfall. On Thursday, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted heavy to very heavy rains in North Bengal till coming Sunday and issued red and orange warnings (which indicate danger) for several districts of North Bengal. Nearby Sikkim and Assam are also suffering due to heavy rainfall and several houses were seen being damaged due to erosion. On the other hand, though the IMD had predicted monsoons to enter South Bengal by June 17, it stated that due to low moisture Kolkata and its adjoining areas will not receive much thundering activities.