Four Dead, 18 Lakh Affected In Bihar; CM Nitish Kumar Takes Aerial Survey Of Flood-Hit Areas

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Patna: As many as four people died and around 18 lakh were affected in nine districts of Bihar, an official report said on Monday.

Reportedly, five rivers of the state are flowing above the danger mark due to torrential rains in the upper catchment areas bordering Nepal, the Disaster Management Department informed.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of several districts. The official report claimed that two persons died in Araria while one each died in Sheohar and Kishanganj districts.

A total of 17,96,535 population has been affected by floodwaters in 55 blocks of nine districts – Sheohar, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, Madhubani, Araria, Kishanganj, Supaul, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

The report further added that about 11 lakh people have been affected in the worst-hit Sitamarhi district, followed by 5 lakh in Araria.

13 teams of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed to carry out relief and rescue operations in the affected districts. The authorities have also opened 152 relief camps giving shelter to 45,053 people, while 251 community kitchens have been made functional.

The chief minister held a high-level meeting to review the flood situation. Later, he conducted the aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and East Champaran districts.

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At the meeting, the chief minister directed the officials to keep a decent arrangement for the flood-hit people at the camps. He also ordered for expediting the relief and rescue operations, an official release said.

Around 280 to 300 mm rainfall has been received in the past three-four days in Terai region of Nepal against 50 mm of average rainfall recorded during the past years, it said.

The excessive rainfall created a flash flood in the state, causing five rivers – Baghmati, Kamla Balan, Lalbakeya, Adhwara and Mahananda – to flow above danger level at various places.

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