North Bengal low-lying areas floodedBy IANS
Friday, August 27, 2010
SILIGURI - Several low-lying areas of north Bengal in Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts of West Bengal were submerged Friday following heavy rainfall, which affected 5,000 people and led to a rise in the water level of the Teesta river.
Following this, the administration issued ‘red signal’ alert along both the banks of the river.
Jalpaiguri district administration sources said ‘red signal’ was declared over both the banks after the water level of the Teesta river rose following heavy rainfall in the hilly and plains areas.
The ‘red signal’ warning was issued from the Jalpaiguri town down the river to the Bangladesh border.
Several areas in the Siliguri subdivision of the Darjeeling district were submerged following heavy rainfall since Thursday.
Low-lying areas in Siliguri subdivision like Naxalbari, Rangapani and Nayabasti have been flooded. The people of these areas staged a protest due to poor drainage system in the area.
The weatherman has predicted very heavy rainfall in isolated places of the region till Saturday.