Bihar floods: Close to 5 lakh individuals affected

Patna, July 22

Close to half one million individuals in almost a dozen districts in Bihar have been affected by the flood that has reduce a swath of destruction throughout the northern elements of the state, the catastrophe administration division mentioned on Wednesday.

A complete of 4.6 lakh individuals in 245 panchayats of 10 districts have been affected by the deluge that has displaced greater than 13,000 individuals.

So far, 4,845 individuals have been put up at 16 reduction camps, in keeping with a launch issued by the division.

However, there was no report of any lack of life thus far, it said.

According to the state’s water assets division, the Kosi, Budhi, Gandak, Kamala Balan and Lal Bakeya rivers, flowing above the hazard mark at many locations, have been exhibiting a receding development or have been secure.

Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha asserted in an announcement that “all embankments in the state are safe” regardless of a rise in water strain due to heavy rainfall in areas alongside north Bihar’s border with Nepal earlier this month and once more within the final 24 hours.

The minister claimed the embankments have been “in better shape than ever” on account of using sheet pile whereas restore works have been on earlier than the calamity struck.

“We are fully prepared. All repair works were complete before the floods came. Surveys of the flood-prone areas have been made beforehand with the help of drones. Personnel are involved in relief and rescue work, and engineers have been deployed in areas deemed to be vulnerable,” he added.

Life was affected in massive elements of Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Khagaria districts because of the flood.

Large elements of Areraj sub-division in East Champaran have been marooned, Sub Divisional Officer Dheerendra Mishra mentioned.

“About 25,000 people from 18 villages have fled their homes and are taking shelter, along with their livestock, at nearby school buildings.”            

NDRF Ninth Battalion commandant Vijay Sinha mentioned in an announcement that 21 groups have been pressed into service in 12 districts, taking individuals to security and distributing meals and different important gadgets.

A 10-year-old woman in East Champaran was rescued by a group led by ASI Kaushal Kishore from her distant flood-hit village the place she suffered a snakebite. She was carried NDRF personnel to a protected place the place medical assist was obtainable, he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the floods triggered the state’s political temperature to rise additional.

Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, who toured districts akin to Darbhanga and Madhubani and distributed meals among the many flood-hit individuals at many locations, accused the ruling dispensation of getting left the populace to fend for themselves.

“I was appalled to see that these people have been compelled to take shelter in cramped surroundings, throwing to the winds social distancing which is still necessary in Bihar on account of the explosion of COVID-19 cases,” Yadav instructed reporters at one of many spots visited by him.

The RJD chief drew flak from the BJP, a companion within the ruling alliance within the state, which accused the previous deputy chief minister of “himself being in a hurry for electoral gains”.

“Tejashwi Yadav’s antics show that he is himself in a hurry for electoral gains. Instead of cooperating with the state machinery, he is holding gatherings which could potentially lead to a fresh spurt in coronavirus cases,” BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand mentioned.

The BJP spokesperson’s accusation was a rebuttal to the cost by the RJD chief who has been advocating postponement of state meeting elections, due in just a few months, and alleging that the ruling coalition led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar needed polls to be held on time, “unmindful” of the well being dangers concerned. PTI


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