Flood situation worsens in Patna, Punjab

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Danapur/Moga, Aug 20 : The flood situation has worsened in many parts of India with major rivers in spate. Most rivers in Bihar, including Ganga, Punpun, Ghaghra, Burhigandak, Bagmati, Kosi and Mahananda are flowing above the danger level.

Following a breach in the Kosi Barrage in Nepal, a red alert has been sounded in Supaul, Madhepura and Araria districts of Bihar.

Residents in Danapur, a satellite town of Patna, said that the situation was grim and they had already incurred huge losses on account of damage to property and cattle.

"The situation is really bad because of the flood water. Our life has gone for a toss. Not only humans, even animals are a troubled lot. The level of the water is above the danger level. We are somehow living in these boats," said Raju Rai, an affected villager.

A 12 km stream of the Kosi Barrage in Nepal territory has reportedly developed a breach at two places. The barrage has a capacity to store 9.5 lakh cusecs of water and has 56 sluice gates and is maintained by the Bihar Government's Water Resources Development Department in Biratnagar. Cooperation has been sought from Nepal.

Meanwhile, Punjab is reeling under one of its worst floods over the past two decades.

Incessant monsoon rains and rising water levels in most of the rivers and dams have flooded many districts including Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Moga, Bhatinda, Sangroor and Ropar.

Floods have created havoc in the Moga district and state authorities have called in army to help in the rescue operations.

"The government has not done much to help us. We have helped ourselves. The children of the village helped us to place the belongings on the rooftop first. But, when the water level rose further, we have got our belongings here and are sitting here," said Harvinder, a resident.

Many families have been rescued, but thousands of others are stranded and await succor.

ANI

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