Kolkata, August 1: West Bengal along with Odisha has been devastated by unprecedented rainfall caused due to the arrival of Cyclone Komen in Bay of Bengal. In West Bengal, flood has been declared in East Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah, Birbhum and Burdwan. More than 40 people have reportedly died.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a stormy weather for the next 24 hours, advising people to maintain caution. “Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places would occur over the Gangetic West Bengal and North Odisha during next 24 hours and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall thereafter. Sea condition would remian rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture along the coast,” said a statement released by by IMD.
Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee has cancelled her official trip to London to personally monitor the relief operations. More than 26,000 people have been evacuated from flood prone areas. Around 227 relief camps have been set up in the state. The government has launched a 1070 helpline number to personally monitor the situation. (ALSO READ: Cyclone Komen: Mass evacuation in Bangladesh, heavy rainfall forecast in West Bengal and Odhisa)
The effect of the cyclone was also seen in neighbouring Odisha. Around 4 lakh people have been adversely affected due to the ravaging rainfall. “Flood alert has been issued in five districts – Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Balasore. Officials said the heavy rains, triggered by the cyclone, can only worsen the situation,” said Commissioner for Relief Operations J V Sharma.
Heavy rainfall in Rajasthan and Gujarat for the past few days, has caused severe damage in the region. The death toll in Gujarat has crossed 70. The dairy operations in the state has come to a halt. Gujarat is the only largest supplier of milk and by-produts in Western India. Continuous downpour in Rajasthan has lead to flood-like situation in major parts of the state. Goods of daily necessity are not being supplied from Gujarat owing to the floods, which has led to sharp inflation in the region.