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Embankment breach floods Indian villages

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 01:16

Aug 5 - A breach in a river embankment floods several villages in eastern India's West Bengal, leaving villagers stranded. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Several villages in India's eastern West Bengal state were flooded after an embankment in the Fulohar River was breached. Homes on the riverbank and in low-lying areas were overwhelmed and many villagers were stranded. The head of the district council says help is on its way. (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) UJJWAL CHOUDHARY, HEAD OF MALDA DISTRICT COUNCIL: "The Block Development Officer and the local president are looking into the issue and we will soon provide assistance to the distressed people in each block in the form of food, tarpaulins, drinking water, medicines and other necessary amenities." But villagers complain there wasn't enough official help. (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) KASIM, FLOOD VICTIM: "We have taken refuge on the dam for the last three days and the government has not provided anything apart from a single sheet of tarpaulin. There's no drinking water left and we have to go to the nearest river for it." As well as damage to housing, around 300-400 hectares of agricultural land have also been destroyed. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Embankment breach floods Indian villages

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 01:16