More than 150 people have been affected by monsoon flooding in Bihar while the number of those marooned in 17 districts of the state crossed the one crore mark, 28 rescue teams giving services in the marooned areas.
Araria district of Bihar accounted for 30 deaths, West Champaran 23, Sitamarhi 13, Madhubani 8 and Katihar 7. 11 each have died in Kisanganj, East Champaran and Supual and 9 each in Purnea and Madhepura.
Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Anirudh Kumar said “Four deaths each were reported in Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Saharsa, 3 each in Khagaria and Sheohar, 2 in Saran and 1 in Muzaffarpur, Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats, he said. Saran was included in the list of affected areas on Friday, taking number of districts under water to 17,”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood situation and gave necessary instruction to officials. Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary in the Disaster Management Department Pratyay Amrit and his counterpart in the Health Department R K Mahajan were among those who attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the CM gave orders for intensive air-dropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran, an official statement said.
A video shot by some locals caught three persons stranded in floods falling into an overflowing river after a bridge collapsed in Araria district. The video first shows the river uprooting a huge tree and carrying it away with the flow and later destroying the bridge that was being used by the locals to cross the river.
A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force teams comprising 1,152 personnel is rendering services in the marooned areas with the help of 118 boats. The Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department said 1,765 community kitchens are catering to 3.44 lakh people in several flood-hit areas.
Seven Army teams with 2,228 personnel are assisting relief and rescue operation with the help of 280 boats, a state Disaster Management Department release said. Continuous rains and discharge of water in rivers worsened the deluge situation in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where Army had to be called in.
Officials said the situation has improved in the state as no fresh spell of rainfall was reported. As per the report issued today, Morigaon was the worst affected followed by Dhubri in the state. A total of 2,210 villages were underwater and 1.23 lakh hectares of crop were inundated and damaged, they said.