Death toll rises to 253
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Floods in Bihar Getting Worse, Death Toll Rises To 253

The toll in Bihar floods rises to 253 on Sunday as the situation worsened further. Chief minister Nitish Kumar undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas. Meanwhile, third wave of floods caused four more deaths in Assam.


 The toll in Bihar floods rises to 253 on Sunday as the situation worsened further with more areas getting affected and around 1.26 crore people hit by the deluge.

Yesterday, the toll was 202 and the number of affected people was 1.21 crore in 18 districts.

No new district has been added to the list of flood-hit districts today.

Araria district accounted for 57 deaths alone, followed by Sitamarhi (31), West Champaran (29), Katihar (23), East Champaran (19) while 13 each have died in Madhubani, Supaul and Madhepura, a Disaster Management Department release said.

Eleven deaths were reported in Kishanganj, while Darbhanga accounted for 10 deaths, Purnea 9, Gopalganj 8, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Saharsa registered four deaths each while Khagaria and Saran accounted for three and two deaths respectively, it said.

As many as 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the state, the release said.

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

He was accompanied by state Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and the chief minister’s Secretary Atish Chandra, an official release said.

Twenty-eight National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are involved in rescue and relief operations.

Besides, 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force comprising 466 personnel are helping people in the flood-hit areas with 92 boats, it said, adding 630 Army personnel are also assisting in relief and rescue operations with 70 boats.

The release said the number of community kitchens have been raised to 2,569 from yesterday’s 1,879. The number of flood-affected people who are being served at these kitchens have also increased from yesterday’s 3.72 lakh to 4.92 lakh, it said.

The local MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness generally cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershower tomorrow.

Floods wreak havoc in Assam, Uttar Pradesh

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

At present, 18.65 lakh people are affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Majuli districts.

Till yesterday, 22 lakh people were struggling with the latest spell of floods across 16 districts.

The third wave of floods has claimed 67 lives so far in Assam. The the total number of deaths in this year’s flood-related incidents has gone up to 151.

In Morigaon, which has been hit hardest, 5.21 lakh people have been marooned. 4.67 lakh people are affected in Barpeta.

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

Officials said 33 more deluge-related deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last two days.

The figure of flood casualties in the state now stands at 69. Over 20 lakh people have been marooned in 24 districts.

The relief commissioner’s office said 39,783 people have taken shelter in relief camps in the affected districts of eastern UP where there was no let up in flood fury.

Raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal have caused havoc in vast swathes of human habitation in the region.

Army choppers, NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued relief and rescue operations in the badly hit areas.

The release of water in the rivers emanating from Nepal and incessant rains impeded rescue work and evacuation of people to safer areas.

The situation has improved a lot in six flood-hit districts of north West Bengal as there has been no major rainfall over the past three days.

There has been no report of any flood-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a senior official of the West Bengal Disaster Management department said.

Nearly 55 lakh people have been hit by the deluge in Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Malda.

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