New Delhi, August 1 (G’nY News Service): Cyclone Komen, that built a depression over Bangladesh, claimed more than 160 lives and affected an estimated 80 lakh people in India hitherto. The worst affected states are West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha and Manipur.
Two days after the cyclone made a landfall in Bangladesh, the east and north eastern parts of India witnessed incessant rainfalls that continued into devastating floods. Although Rajasthan and Gujarat regained normalcy today, situations continue to be severe in West Bengal. A estimated total of 36,90,627 people in 9,691 villages of 210 blocks in 12 districts in West Bengal have been affected due to the unrelenting rains and flood. Reports claim that over21 lakh hectare of farmland has been submerged. Enormous damage to property is also recorded. As of now, an estimated 2.14 lakh people are being accommodated in 1537 overflowing relief camps.
The death toll in Rajasthan rose to 28 people in the last week; most of them reported from the worst affected districts of Jalore, Jhalawar, Baran, Sirohi, Barmer and Dungarpur. Apart from the State Disaster Response Force, Police, eight teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.
Officials from the National National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also revealed about the forbidding situations in Odisha. About 5 lakh people from the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar are estimated to be affected. Seven relief camps have been set up and boats employed for rescue operations.
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In Manipur, the death toll rose to 23. Thousands of people were rendered homeless by the flood have taken shelter in safe places and relief camps organized locally. Incessant rains also caused a massive landslide that claimed 21 lives in Khejoy on Saturday.
Latest reports document that the death toll in Gujarat rose to 53. Of these, 28 deaths were reported from the Banaskantha district alone. A total of 14 districts and a population of about 40 lakh were affected in Gujarat.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs an estimated 156,000 people were affected by the floods.