BIHAR IN FLOOD

Over 8.5 million affected due to floods in Bihar

In the last 24 hours, all the major rivers in Bihar were flowing above the danger level, leading to embankment breaches. There were reports of fresh floods in three new districts of Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea.

he flood situation in Bihar continued to remain grim on Tuesday with over 8.5 million people affected by it across the 12 districts of the state, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, all the major rivers were flowing above the danger level, leading to embankment breaches.

There were reports of fresh floods in three new districts of Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea.

Dozens of villages have been inundated that have forced people to flee their homes and seek shelter at safer places, a disaster management official said.

In the worst hit Sitamarhi and Araria districts, roads have also been damaged.

The floods were caused by heavy rain in north Bihar and the catchment areas of major rivers in neighbouring Nepal.

However, Water Resources Department officials said the water level in rivers originating in Nepal was likely to decrease as rain in those areas have stopped.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar carried out an aerial survey of the affected Seemanchal and Koshi region on Sunday and Monday. He will inform the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday about the situation.

To date, 196 relief camps have been set up in the affected areas, with 644 community kitchens providing food to the displaced people.

The Disaster Management Department said relief and rescue operations were continuing in the flood-affected areas.

A total of 26 companies of the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Seema Sashatra Bal have been deployed to carry out the operations.

Bihar flood situation grim; no rise in a death toll

The disaster management department has put the total number of people hit by a flood in Bihar at 88.46 lakh in 1,269 panchayats of 111 blocks of the 13 districts.

The Bihar flood situation remained grim as more than 88 lakh people have been affected by the deluge even though the death toll remained at 127 for the third consecutive day on Monday, state Disaster Management department said.

Altogether 13 districts have been hit by the calamity, Sitamarhi with 37 casualties, topped the list followed by Madhubani (30), Araria (12), Darbhanga (12), Sheohar (10) Purnea (nine), Kishanganj (seven), Muzaffarpur (four), East Supaul (three), Champaran (two) and Saharsa (one).

Two of the flood-hit districts – Katihar and West Champaran – have reported no deaths till date, the department said.

The disaster management department has put the total number of people hit by a flood in the state at 88.46 lakh in 1,269 panchayats of 111 blocks of the 13 districts.

Food is being prepared for the affected population at 507 community kitchens and distributed by 876 personnel equipped with 133 boats, who are assisted by 19 teams of NDRF personnel dispatched from the headquarters of its 9th battalion.

With people returning to their homes after water receding in several areas, the number of relief

camps has been reduced.

Meanwhile, NDRF 9th battalion personnel successfully evacuated a three-year-old child, a snake bite victim from flood-affected Janerwa village under Banjariya block of East Champaran district on the intervening night of July 28-29, 9th battalion Commandant Vijay Sinha said in a release.

The snakebite victim was rushed to Motihari Sadar hospital after carrying out a night operation, Sinha said, adding that the child is stable.

According to Water Resources Department daily bulletin, five rivers- Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamla Balan, Adhwara and Khiroi- are flowing above their danger level at nine places in Bihar.

Baghmati river alone is flowing above danger mark at three places like Kataunjha (Sitamarhi), Benibad (Muzaffarpur), Hayaghat (Darbhanga), it said, adding that Burhi Gandak flowing above at ‘Samastipur rail pul’ and ‘Rosera rail Pul’ in Samastipur while Khiroi flowing above danger mark at Kamtaul and Ekmighat in Darbhanga district.

As per India Meteorological Department’s forecast, light to normal rainfall is expected in the catchment areas of all the rivers of Bihar in the next 24 hours.

In Bihar, People Carry Mud On Boats To Build Huts In Waterlogged Village

Bihar floods: All the men and women of the village have been carrying mud in bags and moving them on boats. There is no help from the government, a Samastipur resident said.

Samastipur: 

Heavy rains have led to waterlogging in Bihar’s Samastipur village. People living in Manikauli village are resorting to carrying mud stuffed inside gunny bags to build temporary huts and roads.

“For twenty days there is waterlogging here. We have collected mud to build temporary huts and roads. All the men and women of the village have been carrying mud in bags and moving them on boats. There is no help from the government,” said a villager Sanjit Kumar.

“Gita Kumari, a graduate student said, “We have been facing waterlogging for the past 20 days now we are carrying mud to make huts.”

“There is no help from the government. No water and food packages were provided by the government. Every year we face the same situation during the rainy season,” she added.

Around 1.25 lakh people have been evacuated from multiple districts in the state so far. However, a total of 1,243 villages in the state are still facing the brunt of the calamity.

 

Over 134 people have lost their lives as floods caused damage in multiple districts of Bihar.

 

Darbhanga: 

Life has come to standstill in Bihar’s Hayaghat block in Darbhanga due to non-stop rain and floods. Almost every house is submerged, reported news agency ANI.

The villagers are living in makeshift houses on trees to escape the floodwaters in the district’s Naya Tola village.

Boats are the primary mode of transport in the village. The residents complain that none of the boats were provided by the government and are privately-owned.

The villagers alleged that a woman, bitten by a snake, had to wait for over 12 hours for a boat ride to get medical assistance.

One of the villagers, Babaraj Sahni, said that he did not receive any food for his family or fodder for his cattle.

“The mukhiya (head of village) of Hayaghat met us but we have not received anything after our meeting with him,” he added.

The villagers are citing lack of alternative to boats as the terms and fares for the boat ride

are dictated by the private boat owners.

“We do not have any other option. The boat-owners have their own terms and conditions and sometimes, even after booking a boat ride, we have to wait for as long as one to two hours,” said Mohammad Shaukat, another villager.

Over 134 people have lost their lives as floods caused damage in multiple districts of Bihar.

Around 1.25 lakh people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas in the state so far. In total, 1,243 villages in the state are reeling under the calamity.

Bihar is one of the worst-affected regions during Monsoon. (AFP)

 

Patna: 

Three more people died due to floods in Bihar on Tuesday, taking the number of deaths to 130. Two deaths were reported from Bihar’s Darbhanga and Supaul districts.

The floods have hit 13 districts in the state and affected over 88 lakh people.

Assam:

According to the Water Resources Department, five rivers in Bihar–Baghmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamla Balan, Adhwara and Khiroi–are flowing above their danger marks.

In Assam, another state battered by floods, 86 people have died. The situation, however, improved considerably on Tuesday.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said 864 villages of 13 districts are have been affected by floods. Over 400 relief camps in the state are sheltering more than 30,000 people.

Thought the water level has started receding, rivers in the state are still flowing above their danger mark.

 

 

 

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