Floods, Landslides cripple life in the East
West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur most affected
If the situation in the West (Gujarat and Rajasthan) is grim the situation in the East is no better with several states reeling under incessant rainfalls. The depression created from cyclone Komen, which has been hovering over Bangladesh, has triggered heavy rain in India’s northeastern and eastern states, flooding large swathes of West Bengal and killing 20 people in Manipur.
Odisha, West Bengal and Manipur were hit hardest by the heavy rains that began late on Friday.
In Bengal, incessant rain has not only sunk large parts of capital Kolkata but also 12 districts, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
At least 39 people died and over 1 lakh people ended up in relief camps after 1.8 lakh houses were damaged. Farmland of over 21 lakh hectare has been submerged.
Manipur Floods: Worst in 200 years
Manipur is suffering from what locals say are the worst floods in 200 years, in which an estimated one lakh people have been affected. Almost all important rivers, including Imphal, Iril, Nambul and Kongba that pass through Imphal West and Imphal East districts, are flowing above the danger mark.
In Manipur, at least 20 people were killed and several houses swept away as a landslide devastated a village in Chandel district, which borders Myanmar. The death toll is likely to increase and many people are still missing, officials said.
Odisha: Many villages marooned due to floods
Around 479,000 people in 597 villages were affected by floods in Odisha.
“All the major rivers in the state are flowing below the danger level. However, inflow of rain water from West Bengal, where heavy rainfall occurred under the effect of cyclonic system Komen, has caused marooning of some more villages in Balasore district,” special relief commissioner GVV Sarma said.