The severe floods which struck West Bengal last week-end (October 3-4) have caused 50 deaths, it is reported, and widespread damage.
LV. Flooded houses
LV.PAN Flooded fields, houses
SV. Car partly submerged
SV. Flood water
GV. Flooded paddy field
TV. People being evacuated by boats
LV.PAN Boats..PAN to woman wading through water with belongings on head
SV. Woman wading through water
LV. PAN..more people wading..PAN TO FLOODED HOMES
SV. Man wading through water
LV. Cart through flooded field
STV. Refugees in boats
SV. Refugees launched from boats
GV. Palace which is being used for refugees
LV. Refugees queue for food
LV. Refugees receiving food
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Background: The severe floods which struck West Bengal last week-end (October 3-4) have caused 50 deaths, it is reported, and widespread damage. An estimated million acres of land have been submerged and many people driven from their homes.
As the floods hit the countryside, water from the swollen Damodar River and its tributaries had to be released by the Damodar Valley Project authorities to protect the Maithon and Panchat Dams.
At first, bad weather hampered rescue and relief operations, but later emergency food supplies were distributed to the flood victims.