With all the major rivers flowing through the state crossing the danger mark, the situation in Bihar is increasingly becoming grimmer with each passing day as the death toll has already risen to 153 while the number of people displaced across the 17 districts of the state has crossed the one crore mark.
According to the reports coming in, 30 deaths have been reported from Araria alone. West Champaran recorded 23 deaths, Sitamarhi 13, Madhubani 8 and Katihar 7. Kisanganj, East Champaran, and Supual have recorded 11 deaths each while Purnea and Madhepura recorded 9 deaths each.
Anirudh Kumar, the special secretary of the Disaster Management Department, further added to the numbers and said that four deaths each were reported from Darbhanga, Gopalganj, and Saharsa, three each from Khagaria and Sheohar, two from Saran and one from Muzaffarpur, taking the entire number of deaths to a shocking 153.
Around 1.08 crore people have been marooned by the disastrous flood that has taken a toll on the livelihood in Bihar.
The MeT office in Patna said that Patna, Bhagalpur, Purnea, and Gaya are likely to experience more rainfall and thundershowers in the next 24 hours. With most of the rivers in these areas following above the danger level – including the Dubkadhar, Sonakhana and Benibad rivers – and the MeT office declaring the chances of more rainfall in the state, the situation in Bihar appears extremely dangerous.
Inspecting the situation aerially, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar instructed the officials on intensive air-dropping of food packets in all the 17 districts, with a special focus on Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti, and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran.
Furthermore, a total of 28 teams of National Disaster Response Force comprising, 1,152 personnel, have been deployed to render services to the desolate areas with the help of 118 boats. A state Disaster Management Department release said that 2,228 army personnel from seven different teams are assisting the relief and rescue operations in other areas with the help of 280 boats.
The Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department said the food requirements of 3.44 lakh people in several flood-hit areas are being catered to by the 1,765 community kitchens set up by the government. Over 4.64 lakh people have been displaced from the flood-hit areas and taken to a safer place while the 1,289 relief camps opened in numerous flood-hit areas are providing shelter and food to around 3.92 lakh people.