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Bihar flood situation improves

india Updated: Sep 23, 2008 17:48 IST

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As the overall flood situation in Bihar registered significant improvement with the water level all major rivers flowing below the danger mark, Bihar government on Tuesday lauched distribution of money for relief and succour on a war footing.

The water level of Kosi, Ganga, Burhi Gandak, Gandak, Mahananda and Bagmati were maintaining receding trend and was flowing below the danger mark along their course in Bihar, Central Water Commission sources said.

State Disaster Management department's Additional Secretary Pratyay Amrit said the distribution of "relief- cum-succour" grants was taken up on a war footing under which each of the affected flood-hit families would be receiving one quintal foodgrain, besides Rs 2250 in cash, in the first phase.

Apart from this, utensils worth around Rs 250 per affected families were being supplied to the state-run relief camps from the CM Relief Fund.

So far, 27,484 quintal foodgrains and Rs 4.22 crore in cash, besides 2460 kits of utensils were supplied to the identified families who have taken shelters at camps, Amrit said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the people in camps not to return to their houses yet as Kosi has the tendency to inundate villages even in October.

The death toll in the current spell of floods stood at 217 in 18 districts, official sources said. More

River Kosi, better known as the "sorrow of Bihar" is maintaining the tendency to rise following discharge of 71,000 cusec water from Barah area, the sources said.

Work has started on constructing the pilot channel on the recommendations of the Kosi breach closure advisory team from Kusaha in Nepal where the river broke the embankment on August 18.

The Chief Engineer of Birpur taking care of Kosi barrage was busy overseeing the plugging operation of the cut ends of Kosi on the eastern flank, the sources said.

Efforts were on to save Saran embankment which was being eroded by river Ghagra, officials said.

In the five worst-hit districts of Purnia, Araria, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura, 1809 boats, including 353 motor boats, 755 jawans of NDRF, besides 19 columns of army, were engaged to carry relief to the flood-affected affected people.

The state government has established, in all, 347 camps and 4.09 lakh people are living in these camps.

The government has alreay opened a missing people cell and introduced toll-free number to lodge complaints about the traceless, they added.