Bihar rivers in spate, 41 dead
Sixteen districts have been affected by floods and over 83 lakh people are marooned. The death toll has gone up to 41.
Darbhanga and Madhubani districts are cut off from the rest of the state and the people are facing an acute shortage of essential goods. Thousands have taken shelter on the national highway between Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga-Samastipur.
Lalu in trouble
A case was filed against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav after the helicopter he was travelling in allegedly landed on national highway 28 ‘endangering lives of people’. He was conducting an aerial survey in an IAF helicopter. A lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Ojha accused Lalu and Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of flagrant violation of rules under various sections of the IPC.
Army out in Assam
Army was called out to help evacuate people from some of the worst-hit areas. Over one lakh displaced people are staying in relief camps while hundreds of thousand have sought shelter on higher ground, setting up makeshift dwellings.
Railway services were suspended after a long stretch of track was damaged. Medical teams are trying to reach the flooded areas by boats to make sure there were no outbreaks epidemics.
President condoles loss of lives
President Pratibha Patil on Thursday condoled the loss of lives due to floods in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya and Bihar.
UP toll 105
The toll in rain-related incidents in the state has gone up to 105. The situation is grim in Basti where over 7,000 people have been shifted to safer places. As many as 2,187 villages have been affected by floods and about 1,100 villages have been marooned in 20 districts, mostly in eastern region owing to rise in major rivers. The Chief Minister Mayawati has demanded a central package of Rs. 2,200 crore for compensating the “massive” losses.