The northern districts of Bihar are reeling under floods. The state government has sounded an alert across the northern districts including East Champaran, West Champaran, Muzaffarpur and Vaishali.
Heavy rains in catchment areas in Nepal followed by a discharge of around 4 lakh cusecs of water from Gandak barrage contributed to the floods.
Villagers escaping the rising waters on boats. Suman Sharma/SUNO
The condition in the Saharsa district is particularly bad. The River Kosi flows through this district and there are other smaller tributaries and water bodies in the district.
People in Saharsa’s villages are using boats to escape the flood waters. Leaving behind their submerged houses, the villagers are heading to higher grounds.
To save their cattle, people took them to rooftops. Suman Sharma/SUNO
All communication has been cut off due to the floods.
Roads and railway lines have gone under the water. It was only on Tuesday night that rail connectivity on the Saharsa-Mansi section was reopened.
Teams of NDRF and SDRF are working round-the-clock to carrying out relief and rescue works. As Bihar continues facing floods (this is the second worst since 2008), the state government is still trying to work on the Inter-Linking of Rivers (ILR) project which can save the state from floods. via: SUNO