Calcutta, Nov.

According to a World Health Organisation Surveillance Officer

Even though India is yet to be declared polio-free nation by the World Health Organisation, the year 2011 has something to cheer about for the country in polio eradication drive.

Chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee today urged the residents of low-lying areas to move to safer places in view of the forecast of heavy rains and release of water from DVC and Chandil barrages.

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JAIPUR: India is close to eradicating polio, a dreaded disease of the 20th century. "Only one polio case was found in 2011, which means it will soon be eradicated," Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, regional director, WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR) told TOI.

The West Bengal government on Wednesday reported four more deaths in the 15 flood-affected districts of the State, taking the death toll to 62.

Heavy rainfall has led to floods in several districts of the state, putting the rice crop in West Bengal in jeopardy.
Although the state was hopeful of reaching record production in 2011-12 backed by good rainfall in the first half of the monsoon, prolonged rain has inundated vast areas in several districts of south and north Bengal.

Rains have claimed 21 lives in a week in West Bengal. Around 25 lakh people have been affected by incessant rains whose ravages spilled over to 14 districts against the nine announced earlier by the State government.

Seventeen people have died and over nine lakh people have been affected in the nearly fortnight-long spell of rains in West Bengal. Ten districts have been affected by heavy floods, Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan has said in the Assembly.

He said that 25,750 mud houses have been damaged or washed away due to the rains caused by a depression.

Subhash Dutta has been trying to draw the attention of the authorities to the steadily escalating civic problems in Howah since 1980. The focal point of his crusade has been the ‘killing’ of water bodies. The Samiti has filed a dozen PIL in the Calcutta HC, seeking intervention.