Flood situation in Bihar grim, toll rises to 36

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Patna, Aug 25 (UNI) With four more deaths in Madhepura district this evening, the toll in the current wave of flood in north Bihar rose to 36 today.

According to report reaching here, the maximum 14 people had died in Madhepura, while six each lost their lives in Bhagalpur and Supaul, followed by four in West Champaran and three each in Samastipur and Purnea districts in flood-related incidents so far.

As such, the overall flood situation continued to remain grim in eleven north Bihar districts for a week now.

The worst-hit districts were Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Araria, West Champaran, Purnea, Samastipur and Supaul with over six million people affected.

Reports from Araria said more than 80 villages had been inundated by flood water with about one lakh people in the area affected and standing crops in 500 acre of the land damaged.

Bhargama, Narpatganj and Raniganj blocks of the Araria district were worst hit by the flood fury and its link with district headquarter was snapped, the sources said adding two relief Centres had been established in Narpatganj block to provide succour to the marooned people.

Reports from Supaul said nine blocks in the district had been hit by the flood with 294 villages in 91 panchayats. The worst hit blocks were Pratapganj, Vasantpur, Chhatapur, Triveniganj, Raghopur, Nirmali, Maraula, Saraigarh, and Kishanpur blocks, Report from Madhepura said X X X X X X, Eds: here pick up from Para three line one of CA 19.

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