Mamata Banerjee announces compensation for Majerhat Bridge collapse victims

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today visited the accident site at Majerhat where the flyover collapsed on September 4, 2018.

After inspecting the ongoing rescue and relief work, she addressed the media where she announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the deceased person. She also announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh for those who were grievously injured and Rs 50,000 for other injured people.

Highlights of the Chief Minister’s speech:

This could have become a even graver tragedy. The casualty figure could have been higher. But the local people saved many lives. One life was lost, two people are missing. Those who were injured are being taken care of at several hospitals.

A life lost cannot be compensated by money. But, we will give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 will be given to the people who were injured. Rs 1 lakh will be given to those who were grievously injured.

Our full team, along with locals, worked strongly and rescued people who were trapped within hours. The local people played a great role. I would not undermine their contribution with just words of thanks; we will reward them in due course of time.

An emergency meeting will be held tomorrow at 3:30 PM. Bangla is a river-centric place. There are many bridges here. Even, all documents are not in place. We will continue the monitoring work with all available technical experts.

Metro work is going on in the vicinity. Many locals also said that there were vibrations – almost like earthquake – during the construction work. For the last nine years, the work is going on.

I know the people of South 24 Parganas will be inconvenienced. The administration will take requisite steps to make people’s commuting easier.

West Bengal Govt to distribute spinach seeds to flood-affected farmers

The state agriculture department has started distributing seeds of the quick growing spinach (palang) to flood-affected farmers.

A senior official of the state agriculture department said that those seeds will mature within 24 days after sowing.

“We hope that farmers could make up a part of their loss by sowing the seeds of the quick growing spinach. Accordingly, they could sell them within a month. Such seeds are being distributed to them free of cost,” he said.

Each farmer is getting seeds of around 150 grams of palang spinach and 50 grams of note spinach from local BDO offices. Over 1.60 lakh packets of spinach seeds will be distributed among the farmers of the twelve flood-affected districts.

Over 52.83 lakh farmers were affected with flood and crops of around 17,429 mouza were damaged. Compensation amounting to Rs.50 crore has been sanctioned and cheques are also being distributed among farmers.

Farmers are getting in between Rs.1000 and 27,000 as compensation.

Two senior officials of the agriculture department including principal secretary of the same department have reached New Delhi to meet senior officials of the Union agriculture ministry.

“This is a routine meeting. Senior officials from the state government met the senior officials of the Union agriculture ministry to discuss preparedness of the sowing of rabi crops,” a source said.

Bengal Govt to help 30 lakh flood-hit farmers

The West Bengal government has decided to give monetary compensation to 30 lakh farmers who have lost their crops due to floods in the state.

“Nearly 30 lakh farmers who have suffered partial or full crop damage will get a compensation of Rs.13,500 from the state government,” Pradip Majumdar, Chief Agriculture Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

More than 11.5 lakh hectares of land has been identified by the state government which has been either fully or partially affected by the floods in the month of August this year.

“Near about 13 lakh hectares of land has been affected either partially or fully. Out of this we have identified 11.5 lakh hectares of land farmers of which are eligible for compensation,” said Mazumdar.

He said that more than 10 lakh farmers had been registered so far who would be eligible for the compensation.

“With the next few days we will be able to complete the list of 30 lakh farmers for their registration,” said Mazumdar.

The compensation of Rs.13,500 would be given to farmers to create new seed bed for cultivation of crops as existing sea beds have been washed away by the floods.

All party meeting on flood situation at Nabanna today

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called for an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the present flood situation in the state, which has claimed 85 lives so far. “It is being called on Saturday evening,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah.

The State government has already decided to provide Rs two lakh each to people seriously injured in flood.

The West Bengal Chief Minister has already announced compensation of Rs four lakh each to family members of decreased. This apart, Rs.60, 000 each would be given to persons having an organ damaged, Rs.12,000 for minor injury and Rs.4,000 for staying in hospital for more than a week.

The DMs have been asked to submit the list of affected persons so as to start the distribution of compensation.

WB CM has been monitoring the flood situation personally. She stayed all night at Nabanna control room on Sunday and visited flood-hit areas of Howrah, Ashoknagar to distribute relief materials. Elected representatives and ministers of Trinamool Congress are also carrying out relief work in various districts.

12 out of 20 districts in Bengal flood-affected: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee today conducted a video conference with the DMs of the flood-affected districts to review the flood situation in South Bengal.

During a press briefing at the end of the meeting, WB CM said 12 out of 20 districts of Bengal are flood-hit. She said she will seek funds from the Centre for disaster relief.

WB CM also said that she has sought time from the PM for a meeting when she visits New Delhi on 11-12 August. She will raise the issue of compensation for farmers and suggest to Centre about farm loan waiver.

WB CM called for modernisation of the DVC and said dredging work in Damodar needs to be carried out immediately. She has spoken to Union Minister Peeyush Goyal regarding the matter. “Bengal is suffering because of DVC. Dredging work has not been done due to which water is overflowing,” she said.

WB CM has also instructed all district magistrates to prepare full survey report of the damages causes due to floods by 18 August, 2015.

Flood situation in Bengal as of now:

  • 233 blocks affected
  • 53 municipalities affected
  • 2 corporations affected
  • 781 gram panchayats affected
  • 16309 villages affected
  • 61 lakh people affected
  • 4 lakh houses destroyed
  • 8 lakh hectares of land destroyed
  • 11000 cattle lost their lives
  • 3000 relief camps have been opened
  • 4 lakh people currently at relief camps
  • 1500 community kitchens have been opened
  • 663 medical camps have been opened
  • 12 lakh pouches of water being distributed
  • Cattle camps have been set up
  • Bunds and embankments are being repaired


The West Bengal Chief Minister has been monitoring the flood situation closely from the control room we set up in Nabanna since Sunday, when she stayed overnight at the State Secretariat. On Monday, she visited Ashoknagar in North 24 Parganas to take stock of the devastation caused by a cyclone in that area. She also distributed relief materials to the affected people.


Working 24×7 to tackle calamity: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited flood-affected villages in Habra-Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas to monitor relief work.

The West Bengal Chief Minister distributed relief material at Kajla primary school, where hundreds are taking shelter. Disaster management kits -including clothes, rice, potato, dal and puffed rice -were distributed to villagers from Bonbonia and Mohonpur.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said the government was working on a war footing, 24 hours a day, to provide relief. Mamata, in fact, stayed back at Nabanna till midnight on Sunday to monitor relief work from the control room.“We are trying our best to tackle this natural disaster. We will not beg anybody for help. The government stands beside the people. Our officers and workers have been working without rest,” she added.

“The BDOs have been asked to submit a list on how many have lost their houses and how many lost their crops so that we can reach out to everyone,“ the West Bengal Chief Minister informed. “Ministers have been sent to the districts to supervise relief work. The Government is giving Rs 4 lakh compensation to families of those killed and d Rs 2 lakh to the seriously injured. Many NGOs are also helping out.”

She said this was not the time for narrow politics.”Politics should not be done at a time when people are reeling from a natural calamity,” the West Bengal Chief Minister said.

At Nabanna, she said that DVC was worsening the crisis in Burdwan, Hooghly and Howrah. “I had asked DVC to go for modernization, but they are not doing it. Due to lack of dredging they are unable to hold water, otherwise DVC could have been able to retain 2 lakh cusec water. The release of DVC water is a major concern when Jharkhand barrages are also releasing water due to heavy rain,“ she said, adding that she will hold video conference with DMs of Burdwan, Hooghly, Birbhum, Howrah, West Midnapore, South and North 24-Parganas and Murshidabad.

On Monday night she made calls to the officials every one and half hours to know the situation.

WB CM announces compensation for the people affected by landslide in Darjeeling

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced compensation of Rs Rs 4 lakhs to be given to the family of those deceased due to the landslide disaster in the Hills. A compensation of Rs 1.25 lakh will also be given to those who are injured due to the landslide, she announced before leaving for north Bengal.

The West Bengal Chief Minister cut short her programmes in the district of Murshidabad and will visit to north Bengal after rain and landslides in Mirik and Kalimpong areas in the Darjeeling district killed around than 30 people.

She has also cancelled her programme in the Birbhum district, which was scheduled for tomorrow. She will reach north Bengal today evening and will visit Mirik tomorrow.

Under the instructions of the Chief Minister, the State Home Secretary is already in north Bengal and at the locations.

The Chief Minister has urged the tourists in the Hills not to panic and has informed that the State Government will take measures to bring them down to the plains.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that she was monitoring the situation and will rush to north Bengal after her scheduled programmes in Murshidabad.

The people have been killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night. The landslides have caused extensive damage to NH 10 (old NH 55A) and NH 55, cutting off road and telecommunication link to Darjeeling and Sikkim.

The State Irrigation & Waterways Dept has opened control room for north and south Bengal to tackle possible flood situations.

Control Room no for north Bengal: 18003450117

Control Room no for south Bengal: 18003453255

The West Bengal Chief Minister on Facebook said:

” The unfortunate landslides due to heavy rains in Darjeeling Hills have caused havoc.

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 all necessary assistance from the administration to the affected areas.

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.

We have announced rupees 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.

Also at the plains, vast areas in Jalpaiguri District have been inundated due to sudden rise in water level in all major rivers and many people got affected. More than two thousand people have been rescued to safe place.”