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No improvement in Bihar's flood situation

The overall flood situation showed no signs of improvement with most of the rivers in spate as the number of deaths in the deluge rose to 16.

patna Updated: Jul 28, 2008 20:04 IST

The overall flood situation in Bihar showed no signs of improvement with most of the rivers in spate as the number of deaths in the deluge rose to 16.

Over 3.5 lakh people are reeling under the impact of the current floods spreading over 537 villages in the districts of Katihar, Muzaffarpur, Supaul, Saharsa, Patna, Nalanda and Vaishali, officials of the state's disaster management department said.

Three women and a child were drowned as a country-boat sank in swirling waters under Sahdei Buzurg police station in Vaishali district, taking the toll in the recent spell of floods in Bihar to 16.

Around 775 houses have been damaged, the estimated value of which was around Rs 38.5 lakh, they said, adding 337 boats were engaged to ferry the marooned villagers to safer places in the flood-hit areas.

According to a Central Water Commission report, most of the major rivers in the state were flowing above the danger mark.

While the Ganga maintained a rising trend flowing 37 cm above the red mark from yesterday's 28 cm at Kahalgaon, the level of Punpun came down to 40 cm from yesterday's 97 cm above the danger level at Sripalpur from yesterday's 127 cm.

Similarly, the Burhi Gandak was flowing 28 cm, 6 cm, 113 cm and 42 cm above the danger mark at Samastipur, Lalbegiaghat Rosera and Khagaria, respectively.