Bengal flood toll now 47

August 20th, 2011 - 11:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) The death count in West Bengal floods soared to 47 Saturday with 11 more deaths reported since Friday evening, while several major rivers continued to flow above the extreme danger mark.

An official release said that with the water level rising, the Damodar Valley Corporation discharged 70,000 cusecs from its dams and barrages on Damodar, Kangsabati and Mayurakshi rivers.

The dead included 18 women while 29.66 lakh people spread over 251 blocks and 81 municipalities were affected in the deluge caused by the torrential rains.

The release said 413 camps opened in the flood-hit districts have around 68,000 people taking shelter in them.

The weatherman predicted rain or thundershowers in several places in north Bengal and coastal districts Sunday.

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