Bihar flood toll reaches 253, 1.26 crore affected


As it is, more than 1.38 crore people living in 19 districts of the state Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea, Katihar, East Champaran, West Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Saharsa, Araria, Saran, Samastipur and Patna are reeling under flood water. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took stock of the situation in the flood-affected areas last week and assured that relief material is being provided to those in need.

Continuous rainfall, however, has impeded the rescue operations, officials said.

Twenty-eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.

The flood situation in Uttar Pradesh remained alarming, with reports of 10 more deaths, taking the toll to 82, in the current wave of floods in the state. As many as 14.36 lakh people in 12 districts continue to be affected, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority report said.

Flood has also hit the movement of trains.

The districts still affected include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Majuli. Water has receded from certain areas. Earlier on Monday, a Central Water Commission report said the Sharda river was flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan and near the danger mark at Shardanagar while the Ghaghra river was flowing above the red mark at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipar (Ballia).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an aerial survey of Bihar's flood affected areas on August 26.

"Water has started receding from the flood-hit areas in these districts and people are returning home".

Around 150 people died, and 1.5 crore people were affected in the floods in the state.

The floods have killed more than 215 animals at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.