West Bengal hit by flood, over 1 lakh evacuated

Several rivers in the region are in a spate and low-lying areas have been flooded owing to the extremely heavy rains they said

Several rivers in the region are in a spate and low-lying areas have been flooded owing to the extremely heavy rains they said

North Bengal bound trains that originated from Sealdah and Howrah were terminated at various stations as heavy rains in sub-Himalayan districts of West Bengal led to a deluge. One person drowned when a boat capsized in Cooch Behar.

Several areas in the district witnessed landslides due to incessant rain since Friday.

At least two persons died while more than one lakh people have been evacuated. The flood situation in Malda district is also grave.

Rivers like Kaldani, Torsha, Raidak and Sankosh are flowing above the danger level.

The government had opened 43 shelters in the affected districts and relief materials were being provided to those who were temporarily displaced from their houses, he added.

Cooch Behar, Toofanganj and Dinhata blocks were worst affected.

In Jalpaiguri district, the Jaldhaka diver caused inundation at Gajong under Dhupguri block.

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The Teesta submerged Gajoldoba, while the guard walls of National Highway 31 at Neelampalli developed cracks.

Train commuters had a harrowing time, with a large number of mail, express and other passenger trains cancelled, stopped, rescheduled or short-terminated.

The statement said that 12343 Up Darjeeling Mail & 12377 Up Padatik Express were detained at Murarai and Chatra stations respectively.

According to the Newspaper, Railway tracks and highways were inundated.

Among other cancelled trains were 15658 Guwahati-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express, 12344 New Jalpaiguri Sealdah Darjeeling Mail, A15483 Alipurduar Jn-Delhi Sikkim Mahananda Express, 13148 New Coochbehar-Sealdah Uttar Banga Express, 12346 Guwahati-Howrah Saraighat Express, 13150 Alipurduar Jn-Sealdah Kanchan Kanya Express and 13142 New Alipurduar-Sealdah Teesta Torsa Express.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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