Flood situation remains grim in North Bihar

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Patna, Aug 22: The flood situation in North Bihar continued to remain grim as most of the rivers maintained their rising trend for the third day on Friday, Aug 22 inundating fresh areas.

Official sources here said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after reviewing the situation at a high level meeting, directed three senior colleagues- minister of state for Disaster Management Nitish Mishra, Water Resources minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav and Land Reform minister Narendra Narayan Yadav - to monitor the rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas of Araria, Supoul and Madhepura districts respectively.

The ministers had been asked to camp in the respective district headquarters until the situation was improved.

Meanwhile, the IAF helicopters continued to airdrop food packets and relief materials in all the flood ravaged North Bihar districts for the second day today.

Altogether five IAF choppers had been pressed into service for the air dropping of relief materials.

Reports reaching here from different districts maintained that there was no let up in the flood fury as all the major rivers including the Kosi, Gandak, Mahananda and the Ganges were flowing much above their danger level threatening to breach the embankments at various points.

As a result more than two million people in over 500 villages of Madhepura, Purnia, Araria, Supaul, West Champaran, Saharsa, Sitamarhi, Bhagalpur districts remained marooned.

Thousands of other people who were rendered homeless by the flood fury had taken shelter in highland and all effrots were being made to supply them food packets and other relief materials by the district admistrations.

Reports from Saharsa said the train services between the district headquarters and Purnia were snapped last night as about two to three feet of water was flowing above the railway tracks between Murliganj and Budhna stations. Train services between Saharsa and Forbesganj were also disrupted following similar situation.

Flood water with high current also inundated a number of villages under Triveniganj, Chatapur, Pipra and Basantpur blocks of the district forcing the villagerrs to take shleter elsewhere.

Train services had been been suspended in most parts of the district following heavy downpour for the past few days.

Most parts of the railway colonies of Lalitganj, Pratapganj and Narpatganj of the district were also submerged forcing the employees to take shelter in nearby stations.

UNI

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