Mohammed Manik saves 10 people from drowning: At least eight people who went for idol immersion were reported to have drowned in the Mal river of North Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday night due to flash floods. It is being told that a large number of people had gathered on the banks of the river for the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga. In which 8 people including a child have died and 13 others have been injured. While more than 50 people have been rescued. Mohammed Manik, a local resident of Jalpaiguri, has himself saved ten people despite suffering a leg injury.
Rohini Adhikari, a resident of Bengal, who was a victim of the flood, says that she feels that she has got life again, she was flowing, but Manik saved her by becoming a god. He pulled her out of the water despite a leg injury. Not only this, he saved a total of 10 people from drowning. Rohini’s mother Sunita Adhikari is also among those rescued by Manik. District Magistrate Maumita Godara Basu of the district says, “There is no information about anyone missing yet. The search operation is still going on downstream.”
Mohammed Manik risks life to save 10 people
Mohammed Manik, a resident of Jalpaiguri, saved the lives of 10 people by jumping into the Mal river. On Wednesday, he had gone to see the idol embroidery program in the mela. During this time, Manik saw people drowning in the floods. Despite the injury to his leg, Manik pulled 10 people out of the strong current of water. Manik is also said to be a good swimmer. The local people praised Manik’s bravery.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced compensation. According to which the family of those who died in the flow of Mal river will be provided Rs. 2 lakh each and Rs. 50-50 thousand will be provided to all the injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed regret over the accident.
Let us tell you that this incident happened at around 9:30 pm in the Mal Bazar. Like most rivers, the Mal river also gets flooded due to heavy rains in the foothills of the Himalayas. It was raining heavily in Kalimpong hills when the incident happened. The devotees were not aware of the rise in water level in the upper stream of the river.
Officials say that a large number of people had gathered on the river bank. Due to the sudden flood, the water level rose from 6 inches to 3.5 feet within a few seconds. All the victims have been identified. Several vehicles carrying idols were washed away in the flood waters. Several houses have also been damaged.
On the other hand, Rajendra Murmu, a permanent resident, says that ‘the accident could have been averted had the administration warned about the possibility of heavy rains and rise in water level in the hills.’