The flood in Bihar has affected 69.81 lakh people living in 13 districts of the state and has taken the death toll to 56. The districts from which deaths due to floods are reported are West Champaran, Kisanganj, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, East Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhuban, and Sheohar.
The grim situation of the flood in Bihar is caused by heavy and unceasing rains in Nepal and some areas of northern Bihar. Apart from Bihar, the wrath the of flood is also rampant in Assam, North Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh. This has severely crippled normal life in the northeastern part of India and also snapped rail links from the northeast to rest of the country.
Anirudh Kumar, Bihar’s special secretary for disaster management revealed that the flood has engulfed 98 blocks and 1070 panchayats of the state. He said that the relief work is being carried out. 1 lakh 61 thousand people have been relocated to safer places such as relief camps.
Nitish Kumar did an aerial survey of the affected areas on Tuesday. On the same day, while addressing the Independence Day celebration in Patna, the CM said that the rivers in north Bihar are flowing above the level of danger and have, therefore, caused extensive damage.
Nitish Kumar expressed deep concern over the situation of flood and assured people that the government will put in all efforts in relief and rescue work. He also took the opportunity to thank his new ally, Narendra Modi for sending the Army and NDRF to the affected areas promptly.
Another aerial survey of the affected areas was carried out by Pratyay Amrit, principal secretary of disaster management department. Responsible for coordinating relief and rehabilitation of those affected by the flood, Amrit has said that a community kitchen for flood victims has been started in the relief camps.
Rajesh Kumar, chief public relations officer of East Central Railway (ECR) said that all trains coming from various parts of the country towards the northeaster region have been cancelled till 10 am of August 16.