Mamata reaches Devastated Mirik, Rijiju on way


Siliguri: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reached Mirik amid massive rainfall which Minister of State for Home Affairs K. Rijiju is stuck in Karshiang due to a landslide.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs four lakh each to the families of the deceased in landslides in Darjeeling Hills. Banerjee said in a facebook post that 30 lives were lost and eight persons were missing in the disaster.

“As reported till now, 30 precious lives have been lost and 8 persons are missing. I have been monitoring the situation very closely since this morning and providing with all necessary assistance from the administration to the affected areas,” she said.

On Wednesday officials in state’s Disaster Management Department put the death toll to 38 in the three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night. 21 deaths occurred in Mirik alone, the officials said. About compensation for the landslide-affected, Banerjee said, “We have announced Rs 4 lakh compensation for each of the families of those who have passed away.”

“Administration is working round the clock to complete all procedures to hand over bodies of the victims to their families for their last rites, for which assistance is being provided by the local administration,” Banerjee said in post.

CM had cancelled her scheduled visit after the flood, “After cancelling tomorrow’s administrative meeting at Birbhum, I am now on my way from Murshidabad to Darjeeling, so that I can be amidst the affected people at their hour of grief.” She said on Wednesday.
“The unfortunate landslides due to heavy rains in Darjeeling Hills have caused havoc,” she added.

The CM also referred to the flood situation in Jalpaiguri district which got inundated due to sudden rise in water level in all major rivers. “Many people got affected. More than 2,000 people have been rescued to safe place,” she said.