Army continues to evacuate flood victims in Bihar

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Supaul (Bihar), Sep 6 : Army units continued their relief and rescue operations in Supaul district of Bihar.

Water levels receded slightly this week in some parts of the State, which is facing its worst floods in 50 years, but officials warned that it will take considerable time for the water level to come down.

The villagers are grateful to the army Jawan who have been working on war footing to rescue the marooned.

"The casualties would have been much more had the army not stepped in. They have risked their lives and we are very thankful to them," said Sanjeev Dhar, a flood victim.

The army, which had already deployed five columns of around 120 men, sent in another 14 coloumn earlier last week. Three naval companies are also helping the flood victims.

"No area or village should be left out. Either it is army or CRPF or any other agency the job is the same. Our aim is to provide them relief and evacuate them," said P.S. Rathi, commandant Bihar Regimental Centre and who is coordinating the flood relief operations.

According to officials, three million people have been displaced from their homes and at least 90 have been killed by floods in Bihar after the Kosi River burst a dam in Nepal, swamping hundreds of villages in Bihar.

About 650,000 people have been evacuated so far.

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