Army called in to tackle flood in Burdwan


Burdwan: The Army has been called in to tackle the flood situation in the Burdwan district of West Bengal. Most of the rivers in the district are flowing near the danger level due which massive pressure has been created on the dams resulting in cracks in the dams. To tackle the situation the Army has been called in in the Purbasthali area of Burdwan. 

The rapidly degrading flood situation in Burdwan has claimed five more lives in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 10 in the district and 50 in the state.

Two people named Rawsan Mallik and Asgar Mallik died after the wall collapsed on them due to heavy downpour. Another woman named Radharani Mater of Bhatar area also died after being crushed by a collapsing wall.

Burdwan has registered a rainfall measuring 53.711 on Sunday, said official of disaster management agency. Ajay and Bhagirathi river are flowing above the danger mark.

Army has been called for the rescue of affected people in the area. A company of army jawans along with volunteers of civil defence party has launched an rescue and relief operation in the area.

So far 60, 000 people have been accommodated in relief camps.