Five more people died in the last 24 hours in floods that caused havoc in 16 districts of West Bengal. The death toll rose from 85 to 90.
The state government has raised the amount of relief and rehabilitation for flood victims from Rs 90 crore to Rs 104 crore. While 81 lakh people have been affected, the number of houses damaged in the floods stands at 4.30 lakh.
State finance minister Asim Dasgupta said that the government have started distributing cooked food to the flood victims and that the focus is now on reaching clothes, medicines to the affected people. He said that 692 medical teams have been dispatched to various places all over the state to look after the sick and ailing. According to Asim Dasgupta more than 8,309 gastro-enteritis cases have been reported and the state government has also sent 1,450 tons of rice to the districts for distribution among the victims.
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