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Flood alert after heavy rain warning

June 29: The fear of another flood looms on several districts still trying to cope with the ravages of the previous one as the weather office warned of heavy rain tomorrow.

Chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb said all south Bengal districts had been alerted.

“The Met office has warned of heavy rainfall in south Bengal. We fear another flood, especially at a time when two flood-hit districts have still not recovered from the last one.”

The Met office, however, said the rain may not be as heavy as on June 16 and 17.

“Monsoon is active in Gangetic Bengal and we have issued a warning for heavy rains in isolated areas. But we don’t expect widespread heavy rain like we had in mid-June,” said G.C. Debnath, director of the weather section at the Met office in Calcutta.

The two Midnapores, which were worst hit by the floods, received widespread rain today. Some low-lying areas in East Midnapore are still under several feet of water.

The government is also worried because there is a heavy-rain warning for Jharkhand, too. “That might again raise the water level in the Subarnarekha and lead to a heavy discharge from the Galudih barrage. That was one of the reasons for the severity of the floods in East and West Midnapore,” an irrigation official said.

“We might have to talk to the Jharkhand government tomorrow to check the release of water from their side.”

Cousins drown

Two cousins aged 15 and eight went missing when a boat carrying about 60 people capsized in the Jhumi river in West Midnapore. Police said all the others swam to the shore, but Priyanka Pramanik and Shravani Bhowmik did not know how to swim.

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