Heavy rains, floods affect life in parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal

July 24th, 2010 - 10:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Faizabad (U.P.) / Siliguri (West Bengal), July 24 (ANI): Incessant rainfall and flood water have badly affected general life in different parts of the country. Heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad District have damaged thousands of houses, leaving a large number of villagers at different places in difficult situation.

Many of the affected persons lamented administrative incoperation and poor help. “A big polythene sheet has been provided by administration and nothing else. Various families are residing under the roof covered by that polythene sheet. How all the victims will survive in such difficult situation? Our land has drowned in the flood water,” said Rampata, a flood victim.

Swollen rivers breached their banks, forcing the villagers to abandon their homes and hearth for safer locations.Many villagers complained that the poor scenario has not changed for the past few years and many times government officials visited the flood-affected area. But there has been no improvement in their approach to help.”All of us were having our houses at the opposite side from here which drowned years ago. Since past five years we all are residing here. Many people visit our area and witness our situation but never bother our plight. We have lost all our lands and property but no one is ready to listen to our request,” said Mazhi Nishad, another flood victim.

Authorities, however, claimed that they have provided boats to the victims and would be taking more steps.

“Authorities have provided boats to the villagers for their rescue and it is available for them for the time being,” said Viresh Yadav, treasury officer.

Meanwhile in Dinajpur located in West Bengal’s Siliguri district, floodwaters from rivers and streams have submerged dozens of villages in low-lying areas.

A large number of cattle died and the people are in great distress. (ANI)

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