August 3, 2015
WB CM distributes relief materials at Ashoknagar
The West Bengal Government, headed by Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has been taking every required measure to provide relief after continuous pounding by torrential rain that started on Friday evening and inundated vast areas of 12 districts, almost all of them in south Bengal, marooning over 18 lakh people.
Excess rain since the beginning of the monsoon season in mid-June had already left these districts facing a flood-like situation. The overnight rain, triggered by a deep depression, has aggravated the situation further.
The West Bengal Chief Minister, who had cut short her London trip to return to her flood-ravaged state, stayed in Nabanna on Sunday to monitor the relief operations from the control room.
She visited the flood affected places in Ashoknagar (North 24 Parganas district) and distributed relief materials at a relief camp in Kajla.
“The Govt is and will provide all the necessary relief to those affected by this natural calamity. This moment of crisis should not be used for political purposes and individual gain,” she said.
“I prefer working at grassroots for people, who have lost everything, than to show up for discussions on TV channels,” CM added.
The Government has so far set up 946 relief camps where 1,19,030 people have already taken shelter. The number is expected to rise manifold as boats have been deployed to bring several lakh marooned people to safer locales.