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Bihar floods: 11 dead, 40 lakh affected so far

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The death toll due to the flood situation in Bihar has increased to 11. Also, nearly 40 lakh people have been affected by floods in Bihar.

7 deaths in Darbhanga

The state disaster management said the flood situation has worsened on Wednesday with three fresh deaths in Darbhanga. With the three deaths, the district’s death toll due to the deluge has increased to 7. The remaining four deaths have been reported from West Champaran.

Minister blames Nepal for non-cooperation

The state government charged Nepal with “non-cooperation” in carrying out flood protection work. But, it claimed that the needful was being done by the water resources department.

Water resources department minister Sanjay Kumar Jha tweeted, “Undertaking flood protection work this year was a major challenge because of COVID-19 and non-cooperation from Nepal. Still, we have managed to complete the work at several places.”

Jha also shared video footage of the work on maintenance of embankments being carried out at the Nepal border.

Nepal denies permission

Nepal has denied permission, on a number of occasions, for repair and maintenance of barrages and embankments by Bihar. Notably, the state officials need to access to the other side of the border to carry out repairs and for maintenance.

The number of people affected by the floods, caused by heavy rainfalls in catchment areas along the Indo-Nepal border, has now reached 38,47,531, a jump of nearly a million since the previous day.

Residents of nearly a thousand villages across 12 affected districts have been hit by the deluge.

Other districts affected by the floods are East Champaran, Gopalganj, Saran, and Muzaffarpur.  Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Khagaria and Samastipur are also affected by floods.

More rains expected

Heavy rainfall also lashed most parts of the state, triggering fears of worsening of the situation.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the state received an average total rainfall of 22 mm, which was 89 per cent in excess of normal.

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Heaviest downpours were witnessed in flood-hit districts like East Champaran, Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi. The volume of rainfall in these districts was more than 300 per cent above normal.

NDRF, SDRF carrying out rescue and relief operations

Relief and rescue operations are being carried out by NDRF and the SDRF with 1,500 boats.

Assistance is also being provided by IAF helicopters for air-dropping of relief material.

Vijay Sinha, commandant of the 9th battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, “Our 22 teams have rescued more than 7,700 people and hundreds of cattle. Rescue operations are being conducted amid strict adherence to norms in place for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.”

He also said in addition to routine operations, NDRF personnel were also offering their services for bringing life back to normalcy. In Darbhanga’s Bahadurpur block, NDRF men were engaged in helping the restoration of power supply.

In Saran, they resuscitated a 10-year-old boy, saved from drowning by local villagers.

The disaster management department put the total number of people evacuated from marooned localities at 3.09 lakh. Out of them, more than 25,000 people were taking shelter at 19 relief camps.

Besides, 989 community kitchens are catering to 5.71 lakh people.

 

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