Flood Situation Worsens In Bihar, 2 More Dead, Nearly 50 Lakh Affected

2 recent casualties have been reported from Muzaffarpur district, the state catastrophe administration stated (File)

New Delhi:

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

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

The variety of folks 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 the day prior to this.

Based on the division, the state has acquired a complete common rainfall of 768.5 mm for the reason that 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, identified for bringing alongside large deposits of silt.

Greater 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.

Different rivers which have been flowing above hazard ranges at varied locations embrace Koshi, Budhi Gandak, Kamla, Bagmati and Adhwara. Apart from these districts, these ravaged by the deluge to this point are Khagaria, Kishanganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Sheohar, Siwan and Samastipur.

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

Reduction and rescue work is, in the meantime, in full swing with 29 groups of NDRF and SDRF pressed into service.

The variety of folks evacuated until date was 3.92 lakh, an addition of about 16,000 since the day prior to this.

Solely 26,732 folks have, nonetheless, 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.

Near 9 lakh folks have been being fed at 1,340 neighborhood kitchens, that are functioning in 11 of the affected districts.

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