Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the state was reeling under a “man-made” flood situation as she blamed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing more water leading to the deluge. At least 16 people have died, while nearly 20 lakh affected by the floods in over 160 villages in the state.
“There has been good rainfall this season, but this flood has not happened because of rain … This is a man-made flood,” Banerjee told reporters after taking stock of the situation at Udaynarayanpur block in Howrah district.
The chief minister, who also visited Amta in Howrah and Khanakul in Hooghly district, said that her requests to the Centre for dredging the DVC barrages were “not addressed” and because of it, “Bengal has been suffering every year during the monsoon”.
“I think the Centre must carry out an immediate reform of DVC. I have been raising this issue of water release by DVC since 2012. But no action has been taken.
“I cannot do anything more than apologising to the people of my state. But I can assure them that the state government will help them as per its capacity. They do not have to worry about that,” Banerjee said.
“The Centre must carry out reforms of the (DVC) barrages, otherwise the problem will not be solved. They can carry out the work in phases, bringing permanent relief to the people,” she said.