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20-28 lakh people face water crisis in Bengal: Minister

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, May 11: Between 20 and 28 lakh people are facing water crisis in the western districts of West Bengal following a drought-like situation caused by lack of rains, a senior state minister said here on Wednesday. “There has been no rainfall for a long time. This has precipitated a water crisis. There is scarcity of drinking water. The situation is still not alarming. But we are taking pre-emptive steps to ensure people do not face major hardships,” Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee told mediapersons. He said “20-28 lakh people” are facing the problem. “The problem is more acute in the West Midpore and Purulia districts, though there are very few areas where there is no water.” Asking people not to panic, Mukherjee said his department, the zilla parishads, and other offices were working together to tackle the situation. Mukherjee said the offices of the district magistrates have also been alerted. (IANS)

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