§ 61. Mr. LANSBURY
asked the Undersecretary of State for India whether he can give any information as to the recent 1967 Midnapore floods, the area affected, the number of lives lost and how many cattle lost, and what area of paddy crops have been destroyed; and what steps the Government are taking in the matter?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Earl Winterton)
The latest reports show that the total area affected by flood is about 500 square miles; four persons were killed by the collapse of a house. My Noble Friend has no information regarding the number of cattle lost or the acreage of paddy crops destroyed.
Several medical and public health officers and non-official relief parties have been active in the affected areas, and a sum of Rs.50,000 was placed by Government at the disposal of the Collector for house-building, a further sum of equal amount being provided for loans for agricultural purposes.