The flood situation in north Bihar has worsened.
Floodwater entered areas, which were so far unaffected, in Purnia district during the last 24 hours. The water continued to flow through Madhepura town and low-lying areas.
While the government put the number of drownings to 10, reports suggested the toll could be over five times higher. People from Madhepura and far-flung areas of the district have been flocking to Saharsa where the railway station and nearby areas were swarming with people.
On Wednesday, bad weather prevented airdropping of food packets in affected areas. Over 300 boats, including 51 motor launches, evacuated marooned people, said additional Disaster Management Secretary Pratyaya Amrit.
According to Central Water Commission, the river was flowing 90 cm above the danger mark at Kursela. The water level was expected to rise. With the Ganga being in spate, even the natural draining Sursar Dhar has been hit. “This has resulted in heavy flooding in towns and villages,” said Water Resources Minister Bijendra Yadav.
Principal Secretary of Disaster Management RK Singh said the floodwaters had entered panchayats of a few blocks during the last 24 hours.
According to figures released by the disaster management department, over 19 lakh people from 725 villages spread across 263 panchayats in 24 blocks of Madhepura, Araria, Supaul and Saharsa districts, had been reeling under the impact of the Kosi flood.
Meanwhile, offices situated on the ground floor levels had to shift operations to higher floors. The flood waters had also gushed into several police stations of the district. “We are having problems,” admitted Madhepura SP ON Bhaskar.