More than ten thousand people have been left homeless after rain in the Malda district -- about 236 miles (380 kms) northeast of Calcutta -- flooded many areas in more than 6 feet of water.
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Background: More than ten thousand people have been left homeless after rain in the Malda district -- about 236 miles (380 kms) northeast of Calcutta -- flooded many areas in more than 6 feet of water.
A shortage of drinking water and a famine have resulted in the army mounting a relief operation, supplying food and clothing to the homeless.
The flood waters are still pouring into the town, and the local railway linking the area with other parts of the province has been severed.
SYNOPSIS: In India, more than ten thousand people, many of them refugees from East Pakistan who fled over the border after martial law was declared in March this year, have been left homeless after floods in the Malda district, about 236 miles northeast of Calcutta.
The main railway line linking the area to the rest of the province has been cut by the flood waters, and the people of the local towns have been stranded without food or water for days. The army has had to launch a relief operation to distribute food and clothing to the homeless. The soldiers have to travel through the area in boats to reach the stricken refugees.
Three-quarters of the town of Malda was covered in the flood water and official reports said that more than six feet of water had rushed through the streets, destroying homes and property. Many of the local people have set up living quarters in the local railway station. The army's relief operation has so far succeeded in reaching most of the homeless, but no official count of the dead had been released.