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Bihar flood toll mounts to 201, many displaced 

PTI  Patna, September 08, 2013
First Published: 21:45 IST(8/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(8/9/2013)

Over 200 people have died and 6.9 million displaced as the flood situation remained grim in Bihar due to spate in various rivers.

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Altogether 201 people have died since June 15 and 6.9 million others have been displaced as over 20 districts in the state were hit by flood, Disaster Management Department (DMD) report said.

The river Ganga and other rivers which were flowing above danger mark till recently has started ebbing and all embankments are safe, it said. The MET department has forecast cloudy sky over the next 24 hours and light rain in several districts.

However, the fear of rain havoc and cloudburst has dissipated in North Bihar districts as the low atmospheric pressure has diverted towards China, it said. The state government has asked the district magistrates of the flood-affected areas to remain on high alert to meet any eventually arising out of heavy rainfall and spate in the rivers, the report said. The rescue and relief works in the rain-affected districts were being carried out on war-footing, it said.


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