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Flood situation worsens in Bihar, 10m hit

September 21 2017, 02:18 | Irvin Gilbert

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Flood-affected people, sheltering along a road, wait for food in Bihar's Motihari district.

As many as 33 out of 75 districts in the state are reeling from floods that have left 55 people dead. Almost 400,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps and an estimated 10 million have been affected by one of the state's worst floods since 2008.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Patna districts.

According to the Bihar disaster management department, 1,08,195 people in 1,688 panchayats under 156 blocks had been affected by the floods.

Amrit said 114 boats of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 92 of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 70 of the Army have been deployed for relief and rescue works.

The floods have damaged kharif crops spread across 5,27,550 hectares, paddy over 2.90 lakh hectares and corn across 10,227 hectares, said agriculture minister Prem Kumar. The NDRF, SDRF and district administration personnel have evacuated almost 3,500 people to safer places.

Three people, including two children, drowning in flood waters as a bridge collapses in Bihar is terrifying to the core.

"The Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda town and Katihar till August 20, 2017", Northeast Frontier Railway chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said in a statement.

In West Bengal, more than 15 lakh people have been affected since July 21.

After more than 100 deaths in Bihar due to floods this month, the NDRF teams had intensified their rescue operations in the state.

He said "boat ambulances" are also being operated.

The deaths in Assam took place in the Dhubri (1), Morigaon (1) and Golaghat (1) districts.

The Rohini, Gandak and Rapti rivers were flowing above the danger mark and could breach their banks, adding to the sense of urgency in evacuating people from low-lying villages, said government official Avnish Awasthi.

Army and personnel of National Disaster Management Force have been carrying on relief and rescue operations for the vast number of marooned people.

Fifty "ambulatory vans" are working in flood-hit areas to attend to sick animals and 196 veterinary doctors have been deputed.



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