Poll debacle of the Left parties in the recently held elections has apparently caused severe damage to the confidence of the CPI-M led state government. And the Aila victims are the worst sufferers of the situation.

Marcus Dam

KOLKATA: A sum of Rs.100 crore has been sanctioned from the Prime Minister

The state pollution control board has pulled up 32 nursing homes in Kolkata, Howrah, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas for flouting pollution norms.

The Public Health Engineering (PHE) department had decided to undertake a project of setting up high-raised platform tubewells in different areas of South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas, that had been ravaged by the cyclone Aila in May this year. The project could not take off, as most of these areas, including Gosaba, Basanti and Patharpratima are still under water.

Sea levels rising between 3mm and 5mm a year; tidal surges will intensify say scientists a steady stream of people can be seen making their way to the main jetty in Chotomollakhali island in the Sunderbans these days. On an average, about 200 of them leave for the mainland each day with their belongings and livestock. The migration has increased threefold since Aila struck on May

Cyclone Aila, which struck West Bengal on May 25, left a trail of devastation along the length of the State. It killed 137 people and affected the lives of more than seven lakh. The Sunderbans, spread over the districts of South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas, bore the brunt of Aila

Relief workers from various organisations are having a harrowing time to reach the Aila-hit victims for distribution of relief due to shortage of boats and ferries.

Cyclone Aila dealt a heavy blow to the state food processing and horticulture department, in terms of the department incurring a loss of Rs 101.62 crore from the damage caused by the storm in the districts of North and South 24-Parganas.

Cyclone Aila, that hit parts of West Bengal last month, has damaged flowers and betel vines cultivated in six districts ~ Midnapore East, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, Birbhum, Nadia and Burdwan ~ and the loss is estimated at Rs 13 crore, according to a preliminary assessment done by the state horticulture department.

KOLKATA, 31 May: Following in the footsteps of Rajiv Gandhi, railway minister Miss Mamata Banerjee (photograph right) today insisted that the Central assistance should reach directly to zilla parishads and they should distribute the funds through panchayat samities and gram panchayats.