August 13, 2020
The flood situation in Bihar has got more critical with the water entering in new areas affecting more than 62000 people in 16 districts. According to the State Disaster Management Department now, the number of flood victims is more than 75 Lakhs. Around 2.16 Lakhs more people are affected by this disaster.
Till now, no recent reports of deaths have come holding the figure with 24 in this flood incident. The number of affected Panchayats rose from 1240 to 1260 though that of the flood-hit districts remained at 16.
The highest causalities were reported in Darbhanga district with the number of 10 followed by 6 in Muzaffarpur, 4 in West Champaran and 2 in each Saran and Siwan.
Even 20 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 13 of the SDRF have evacuated 536371 people from submerged areas so far. In 7 relief camps, around 12479 people were taken shelter, and nearly 9.29 lakh people were fed at 1,204 community kitchens in the affected districts.
Several rivers such as the Baghmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamlabalan and the Khiroi are flowing over the danger level. Even the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district, but its water level came down at certain places including Patna.
According to the Department, all embankments are safe until now. The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) regional office at Patna has light forecast rain in the catchment areas of all rivers flowing in the state.
The situation in Assam is getting slightly improved. Apart from Dhemaji, Baksa and Morigaon districts, water has declined in other parts of the state.
Due to the landslide which occurred due to the heavy rainfall in Assam, 136 people lost their lives. The death toll in the mudslide in Idukki district of Kerala rose to 55.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the officials to assure proper sanitization and hygiene in the relief camps set up as the COVID situation is not yet over.
The 16 flood-affected districts are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, West Champaran, East Champaran, Khagaria, Saran, Samastipur, Siwan, Madhubani, Madhepura and Saharsa.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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