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Bihar floods: 11 bodies recovered

patna Updated: Sep 13, 2008 15:49 IST

With the recovery of 11 bodies from two districts the death toll in the Bihar floods mounted to 131 and the situation remains grim with incessant rains in the catchment areas of the Kosi river in upper Nepal.

Ten bodies were recovered in Supaul and one in Araria districts in the past two days, taking the death toll in the floods to 131, sources in state Disaster Management Department told PTI.

After showing signs of improvement on Friday, flood situation is likely to deteriorate with the discharge of 97,277 cusecs of water from Barah which earlier released around 70,000 cusecs.

The released water may increase the water level by one foot in the five worst affected north Bihar districts of Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, Araria and Purnia.

Relief and rescue operations were being carried out on a war-footing manner with the help of IAF helicopters and Army boats, they said.

Over 29.65 lakh people in about 1000 villages of north eastern districts of Bihar still remained in the grip of the flood.

Over a million people have so far been evacuated to safer places by Army, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel.

More than 3.50 lakh people have been sheltered in 324 relief camps, besides many people have been taking shelter in shanties. The government has supplied 98,000 polythene sheets, besides food and medicine to the flood victims, sources added.