Flood victims stand on a waterlogged road in Tamluk on Friday.
The death toll in the floods in West and East Midnapore, Bankura, Burdwan and Howrah rose to 17 on Friday.
“The army is expected to finish repairing the embankment in Panskura by tonight,” East Midnapore police chief S.K. Jain said.
DVC said that on Friday it had to release 5,000 cusecs more water from its two dams in Jharkhand than on Thursday because of rising water levels at the upstream dams.
“We had to release 37,000 cusecs as against 32,000 cusecs yesterday. This was primarily because of the additional water received from the Tenughat dam, which is maintained by the Jharkhand government,” said Samir Maji, manager, reservoir operations, DVC.
He added that the water level at Panchet was still 0.5ft above the critical 425ft mark and DVC might have to release more water on Saturday.
Picture by Jahangir Badsa
Tamluk, Oct. 18: Over 2,000 Lakshmi idols went unsold in flood-hit villages on the outskirts of Tamluk town because residents had no home to take them to.
Around 100 artisans said they could not even finish making idols because of incessant rain.
Mahmood Hossain, an office-bearer overseeing the education and culture cell of the Trinamul-run East Midnapore zilla parishad, said Lakshmi Puja was not being held in around 100 villages surrounding Tamluk town because “people are marooned”.
“Floodwaters have not receded and people who have lost their homes have taken shelter in camps,” Hossain said.
Idol-maker Rabindranath Garai said he could sell only 20 of the 50 Lakshmi idols he had made. “What will I do with the remaining 30? I could have earned Rs 25,000 more had I managed to sell them,” Garai said.
Another artisan, Rabin Patra, said 15 of his 40 idols had remained unsold. He expressed fears that if the floodwaters did not recede, he could incur losses during next month’s Kali Puja as well.