Finally, on Monday, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached out to the flood affected victims of Bengal. Mamata visited flood ravaged areas – Cooch Behar, North and South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Malda. But, while according to some, she was late in visiting flood affected areas, not only she, in her traditional self, used road to reach those affected, but also waded through flood water, and compassionately met the victims. She also pointed out that the intensity of flood is not less than the Gujrat and Assam and that Bengal should also get aid from centre. The chief minister told reporters that 152 people have died in flood, 1.5 crore people are affected and 14000 crores worth properties got submerged.
She tactfully used her visit to highlight the extent of damage caused by the floods and also that Bengal was yet to receive aid from the central government, unlike other states like Gujarat and Assam.
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