Depression moves to Jharkhand, hundreds marooned

Hundreds of people, specially in the Sunderbans in South 24-Parganas district, have become shelterless in the 72 hours of heavy rainfall as rivers breaching their banks inundated homes and fields.

West Bengal irrigation minister Manas Bhuniya told reporters that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed district administrations in the affected districts to shift villagers to safer places as precautionary measures.

"I have already directed DMs of all affected districts to relocate people to safer places and all weekly holidays of employees in all government departments involved in rescue and relief operation have been canceled," Bhuniya said.

An action-taken report has been forwarded to the chief minister, he told reporters, adding, officials in the affected areas have been asking people through the public address system to move to safer places.

The Irrigation and Disaster Management departments are working round-the-clock with control rooms in Kolkata and district headquarters operating 24 hours.

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