Mamata Banerjee meets Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss Darjeeling unrest, flood situation in WB

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss details regarding Darjeeling unrest and flood situation in the state.

Earlier on Monday, overnight rains battered the eastern metropolis and several districts of West Bengal resulting in a flood-like situation in several areas.

As per officials, water level in several rivers in some districts, including West Midnapore's river Shilabati that were flowing above the danger level on Sunday, started to go down.

Incessant rains overnight led to water-logging in Burdwan's Asansol, Hooghly's Baidyabati, besides West and East Midnapore, affecting thousands of people.

Kolkata received around 83 mm of rainfall till Monday morning, the Met office said.

Stretches in Garia, Barasat, Chittaranjan Avenue, Ultadanga, Baguiati, Behala were water-logged leading to massive traffic snarls with rickshaws and auto rickshaws refusing to ply.

A portion of an old residence in Harish Neogi Road here also collapsed in the downpour.

No one was hurt, civic officials said.

In view of the deteriorating situation, control rooms have been set up at the state secretariat Nabanna, and leaves of all officers and employees of the Irrigation Department cancelled till October 31. (ANI)
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