More than 7 lakh people affected by floods in Bihar

With most rivers continuing to flow above the danger mark, the flood-affected population in north Bihar went up to 7.6 lakh in Thursday evening. The Bagmati and Adhwara rivers were flowing above the danger level in Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzafarpur and Samastipur districts. The Kosi was also flowing above the danger level at four places in Supual, Khagaria, Bhagalpur and Saharsa districts on Thursday.

Meanwhile the Kamla Balan river was flowing above its danger level at two flood gauges on the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. Burhi Gandak, Lalbakeya and Khiroi rivers were also flowing above danger level at several places in north Bihar.

According to the disaster management department’s daily flood bulletin, altogether 64 blocks have been affected by floods across 10 districts, including East Champaran, West Champaran, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, and Khagaria. However, Thursday saw a reduction in the intensity of rainfall in the region as well as a falling trend in the water level.

The state government has initiated several steps for flood rescue and rehabilitation, including deployment of 13 NDRF teams and eight teams of eight State Disaster Response Force.