Flood scenario worsens in Bihar; 2 extra die, near 50 lakh affected

Patna, August 1

Floods claimed two extra lives in Bihar on Saturday taking the demise toll to 13, whereas the variety of individuals affected by the calamity inched nearer to 50 lakh because the waters of overflowing rivers attain contemporary areas of the state’s northern half.

According to the bulletin issued by the state catastrophe administration, two contemporary casualties have been reported from Muzaffarpur district. Earlier, Darbhanga and West Champaran had reported seven and 4 deaths respectively.

The variety of individuals affected by the floods, throughout 14 districts, stood at 49.05 lakhs, up from 45.39 lakhs on Friday.

The variety of affected panchayats too has risen to 1,043 from 1,012 on yesterday.

According to the division, the state has obtained a complete common rainfall of 768.5 mm because the onset of monsoon, which was 46 per cent above regular.

This has led to an increase in water ranges of most rivers flowing by way of the state, particularly these originating in Nepal and crisscrossing the northern districts, recognized for bringing alongside big deposits of silt.

More than 1 / 4 of the affected populace resides within the three adjoining districts of East Champaran, Gopalganj and Saran, all of which fall within the Gandak basin, named after the river that enters Bihar from Nepal by way of the distant West Champaran district.

Other rivers which have been flowing above hazard ranges at varied locations embody Koshi, Budhi Gandak, Kamla, Bagmati and Adhwara.

Besides these districts, these ravaged by the deluge to date are Khagaria, Kishanganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Sheohar, Siwan and Samastipur.

Sixteen cattle have additionally been killed within the floods until date, based on the bulletin.

Relief and rescue work is, in the meantime, in full swing with 29 groups of NDRF and SDRF pressed into service. The variety of individuals evacuated until date was 3.92 lakh, an addition of about 16,000 since yesterday.

Only 26,732 individuals have, nevertheless, taken shelter at 19 reduction camps. Care was being taken to make sure that social distancing measures and different precautions towards the COVID 19 pandemic have been in place on the camps and neighborhood kitchens arrange for flood victims.

Close to 9 lakh individuals have been being fed at 1,340 neighborhood kitchens, that are functioning in 11 of the affected districts. PTI

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