7.2 million people affected in Bihar floods, more rain to worsen situation


Patna: The local weather department on Monday warned of heavy rainfall in the next two days that might worsen the situation in Bihar.

Officials said more than 7.2 million people are affected by the floods in the state. According to reports, over 72 lakh people in 104 blocks in 12 districts have been affected by the floods claiming 102 lives so far.

Met officials said, half a dozen districts of flood-hit north Bihar are likely to receive 90 mm to 135 mm of rainfall in the next 24 hours.

The weather officials said heavy rainfall is likely in Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Purnea, Araria, Katihar and Kisganganj districts. Rain is expected in Supaul, Siwan, Darbhanga, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur and East and West Champaran.

More than one lakh people have been displaced with 1.14 lakh taking shelter in 133 relief camps of which 127 have been set up in Sitamarhi, one of the worst flood-hit districts in the state.

Hundreds of villages have been inundated, forcing people to leave their homes and seek shelter at safer places, a disaster management official said.

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