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Villages hit by breach in Ganges

Author/Source : BBC News Calcutta
Publish Date :Sat, 03 Sep 2005

The Ganges river has joined with a tributary in the Indian state of West Bengal, inundating a large area of land, officials say.

The Ganges breached an embankment on Saturday and has started flowing into the Pagla.


Local officials, who earlier denied the possibility of the two rivers joining, now say 20 villages are endangered.

"About 100 shops and scores of houses in these villages have been washed away," said district engineer PK Ray.

Mr Ray, executive engineer in the Maldah district of West Bengal, where the breach occurred, said: "It has washed away a huge tract of land."