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Bengal braces for heavy rain

Kolkata, July 30 : Over 26,000 people have been moved to relief camps where 12 deaths were reported due to rains and floods over the past few days in West Bengal.According to the met office forecast, heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls over Gangetic West Bengal Thursday and Friday.

The storm is expected to cross Bangladesh during the day and move west-northwestwards and weaken gradually. Heavy rains have also been predicted at isolated places in Bihar, and Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal.Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea off the West Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar coasts in the next 72 hours.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who cut short her five day Britain visit and rushed back to Kolkata while state Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said at least 12 people have died across the state due to flooding. The relief camps have been set up in the affected areas across south and northern Bengal and disaster management personnel were working at war footing to carry out rescue and relief work.

"Our priority is to provide relief to stranded people and carry on with rescue operations. So far 26,000 people have been shifted to relief camps," Banerjee told media persons at the city airport. "We did aerial survey of the flooded areas in North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas district and met senior state government officials at the airport itself," she added.

-IANS

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