Mamata to meet PM for funds to repair flood damages in Bengal

Mamata to meet PM for funds to repair flood damages in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she will demand adequate funds from the Centre for post-flood reconstruction work in her state, where loss of property has been estimated at about Rs 30,000 crore.

Talking to reporters at the state secretariat 'Nabanna' before leaving for New Delhi, Banerjee said she would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 12 and place her demands for flood damages from National Disaster Relief Fund.

"I will meet the PM on August 12 and place my demand for the state and request him to waive loans taken by the farmers," Banerjee said.

Banerjee, who blamed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for "abnormal" release of water which according to her had aggravated the floods, had earlier said she would raise the issue during her meeting with the PM.

Meanwhile, 20 more deaths have been reported in the last three days, taking the flood toll in the state to 120.

Speaking about the latest flood situation, Banerjee said she had reviewed it today during a video conference with the DMs of 12 flood-hit districts.

"Task Forces are being set up in all flood-hit districts for relief and restoration works and the DMs are constantly monitoring the situation," she said.

Mouza-wise notifications were being made as per requirement to declare them as flood-hit with exact assessment of inundation and damages, Banerjee said.

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