Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Flood situation worsens in Bihar: Death toll rises to 253

Bihar floods Flood situation worsens in Bihar toll rises to 253
Garry Little | 22 August, 2017, 00:44

The death toll in Bihar floods rose from 202 to 253.

This can be substantiated by the fact that while the deluge has affected 1.26 crore population, only 7.21 lakh people have been evacuated so far.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with state Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and the chief minister's Secretary Atish Chandra undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Patna districts.

Around 28 NDRF teams comprising 118 boats and 1,152 personnel have been actively participating in the rescue and relief operations. So far, 55 people have died in the floods since July 21.

The officer said the swirling waters had destroyed over 75,000 houses and damaged another 2.15 lakh.

"The major rivers in Bihar - Koshi, Mahananda, Gandak, Bagmati and Ganga - have breached banks due to excessive rains", said an official from Bihar Disaster Management Department.

Meanwhile, four more persons lost their lives in Assam and almost 19 lakh people were suffering in 15 districts of the state.

Till Saturday, 22 lakh people were struggling with the latest spell of floods across 16 districts. Over 20 lakh people have been marooned in 24 districts.

Currently, 1,493 villages are under water and 1.15 lakh hectares of crop area is inundated.

Authorities are running 328 relief camps and distribution centers in 13 districts, where 68,014 people have taken shelter. The Kopili river at Dharamtul in Nagaon and the Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta are also above the danger level.

Gujarat: The flood in the state killed at least 218 people this year.

According to the incoming reports, more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being airlifted from Pune to Patna. Available on Android and IOS.

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