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Situation worsens in Bihar as another river breaches

PTI  Patna, August 03, 2009
First Published: 13:06 IST(3/8/2009) | Last Updated: 13:09 IST(3/8/2009)

More than four lakh people were reeling under the impact of floods in Bihar with Lakhandei river breaching its embankments at two places, worsening the situation in Sitamarhi and Muzaffarpur districts on Monday.

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Lakhandei, swelled by swirling flood waters of turbulent Bagmati, breached the embankment in a stretch of over 200 metres near Tilak Tajpur in Sitamarhi district early on Monday, Tirhut Divisional Commissioner S M Raju said.

The water also destroyed its embankments at Baraitha Masjid and another place under Katra block in Muzaffarpur district late last evening.

Flood waters submerged over 75 villages under Katra, Gaighat and Bandara blocks in the district, affecting a population of around three lakh, Raju said.

Engineers and labourers were working day-and-night to plug the breach in stretches of 50 metres at two places on the embankment of Lakhandehi, he said.

The National Disaster Response Force personnel with boats, life jackets and relief were engaged in providing relief and succour to the affected people.

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