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Embankment breach floods many villages in Bihar’s East Champaran, victims protest delay in relief

Flood victims across East Champaran district organised demonstrations, alleging that food packets and other necessary items were yet to reach relief camps.

patna Updated: Aug 16, 2017 15:40 IST
 Sagar Suraj
 Sagar Suraj
Hindustan Times, Motihari
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Flood water has overtopped railway tracks at Sugauli station in East Champaran district of Bihar. (HT photo)

The flood situation in north Bihar’s East Champaran district worsened following release of more than five lakh cusecs of water from Gandak barrage in Valmikinagar and breach in the Pipra Piprasi embankment, both in the neighbouring West Champaran, on Tuesday.

Many villages in Areraj subdivision East Champaran have been inundated, as a result, forcing thousands of people to take shelter on the Gandak embankment and the district administration, already battling the flood fury at Raxaul, Dhaka and Patahi, to open 10 relief camps for providing succor to flood victims.

Another embankment on the Gandak, near Mohamadpur in East Champaran, was facing pressure from the swollen river, threatening many more villages as well as the national highway (NH)-28, that links Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh with Barauni in Bihar.

Engineers and experts of water resource department were already camping at the embankment and making efforts to prevent the breach, said an official on duty.

Annoyed over delayed and insufficient relief material, flood victims across East Champaran organised protests, alleging that food packets and other necessary items were yet to reach the camps.

Villagers of Bin Toli in Sangrampur block blocked Manglapur-Areraj road, demanding proper medical aid to the flood victims, people of northern Bhawanipur refused to go to relief camps, alleging lack of facilities.

In Adapur block, 14 of the 17 panchayats have been badly affected following breach in the Kaisar-e-Hind embankment owing to pressure of water from Nepal. Most of the affected villages have been cut off from block and district headquarters.

District magistrate Raman Kumar said 90 army jawans were helping three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in carrying out rescue and relief work at Dhaka and Patahi. He said 120 more army jawans would join the relief work.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 15:40 IST