Rising flood waters claim 4

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  • Published 11.07.06
Kandi town under water. Picture by Sanjib Pramanik

Suri/Behrampore, July 11: Four people were killed and about a lakh marooned in Birbhum and Murshidabad following incessant rain since Sunday and discharge of water from the Massanjore and Tilpara dams.

Irrigation department officials said there has been 411 mm of rain in Birbhum and 480 mm in Murshidabad over the past two days.

Nearly 50,000 people are marooned in Labhpur, Nalhati, Mohammad Bazar and Mayureswar blocks of Birbhum.

In Nalhati, seven villages were flooded last night after the Brahmmoni overflowed. Aduri Let, 45, was washed away near Kolitha village and Tubbas Sheikh, 37, fell into the Brahmmoni.

The body of an unknown person was recovered at Khoirasol near a bridge on the Hinglo. Swapan Thakur, 45, was killed when he fell into the turbulent Kopai in Bolpur block.

Birbhum district magistrate Khalil Ahmed said: “Over 200 families had been shifted to safety.”

Over 50,000 people are marooned in Murshidabad’s Kandi subdivision, about 235 km from Calcutta.

District magistrate Subir Bhadra said: “The water started rising last evening after Tilpara and Massanjore reservoirs raised their sluice gates.”