Monsoon has created havoc in Bihar and perturbed the lives of more than 1 crore residents by hitting 18 districts of the state. On August 16, we had reported that the flood had affected almost 70 lakh people in 13 districts of the state by that time, taking the death toll to 56.
Now, according to latest media reports, the flood has taken the lives of 350 people which is the highest number of deaths from a flood in the last 9 years in Bihar. Until two days ago, the number of dead was recorded as 253 and in the last two days, the wrath of the monsoon has left 100 people dead.
If one takes a look at past records, floods had taken a toll of 243 people in 2016, 218 in 2013 and 113 in 2014. The last time more than 350 people had died of flood in Bihar was in 2008 when the monsoon left a whopping 434 dead. And this year, the destruction caused by floods has broken the record of past 9 years.
Relief and rescue work in the state is in full swing. 28 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising 1,152 people are using 118 boats for rescue and relief operations. Apart from these, 16 State Disaster Response Force Teams of 466 personnel are helping people in flood-affected areas. 630 army personnel with 70 boats are also involved in the mission of protecting people from the flood.
The monsoon has showed its fury in other states too. On Sunday morning, the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand faced heavy loss because of the bursting of a cloud. Around 12 villages have got disconnected from district headquarters since then.
Routine lives of people were also affected due to record breaking rainfall in Chandigarh and Mohali of Punjab on Monday. On the other hand, hundreds of people are still affected by the water in rivers flowing above the danger mark.
West Bengal has also faced huge devastation due to floods this year. 45 lakh people in 3 districts of West Bengal have been affected by the water released from Bihar. The total financial loss that the floods have caused in the state so far has been estimated as Rs. 14,000 crore.