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.

With two more deaths, the toll in rain-related mishaps across West Bengal rose to 29 on Wednesday even as some major rivers continued to flow above the danger mark. Altogether 26 lakh people in 14 districts have been affected by the heavy rain pounding the State for a week now and still continuing sporadically.

Over 14,000 people in West and East Midnapore were rendered homeless today as a swelling Kangshabati river breached mud embankments.

The flooding in the low-lying villages was aggravated because water was released from the Tarafeni barrage.

Irrigation officials said there was a surge of around 80,000 cusecs of water in the Kangshabati last evening that caused the river to swell and breach em

Sanjeeb Mukherjee

Hypsometric analysis of four agricultural watersheds namely, Parga, Paharpur-1, Bhaluksunda and RK-35 falling in laterite zone of West Bengal was carried out for assessing their erosion status.