Bihar: Over 26 lakh affected by floods as rivers flow above danger mark

  • PTI, Patna
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 17:29 IST
Villagers cross a flooded road in Katihar district of Bihar on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Rivers were flowing above danger level in Bihar as swirling flood waters continued to wreak havoc in the state, with 26.19 lakh people affected.

Rivers flowing above danger level are Baghmati at Benibad, Kamlabalan at Jhanjharpur, Kosi at Baltara, Mahananda at Dhengra ghat and Jhawa in the state, the disaster management department said in a statement.

Two more districts of East Champaran and Muzaffarpur were declared as flood-hit on Saturday, it said.

With no more fresh deaths reported, the toll stood at 26 -- eight in Supaul district, followed by seven in Purnea, 5 in Kishangaj, 2 each in Madhepura and Katihar and 1 each in Araria and Saharsa, the department said.

The department officials said 26.19 lakh people residing in 2,034 villages in 60 flood-affected blocks of 12 districts have been rendered homeless.

The 12 districts affected by the flood are - Araria, Supaul, Darbhanga, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Bahgalpur, Saharsa, Gopalganj, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur.

Around 1.86 lakh hectares of land have been affected by the floods caused due to rise in the water levels of rivers Mahananda, Bakhra, Kankai, Parmar and Kosi.

Crops spread over 3.39 lakh hectares have been affected even as the quantum of loss was under assessment.

Around 4.81 lakh people have been displaced while 2.47 lakh people were sheltered in the 412 relief camps being run by the government.

The state government has deployed 112 medical teams to treat sick people in the flood-affected areas.

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