830 people dead in Bihar, Assam, UP, WB floods
New Delhi, August 28: This year, floods across several parts of the country have caused massive destruction, leaving at least a total of 830 people dead in Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal--the four states which are still reeling under floodwaters.
Whereas 482 people have died in Bihar (the highest so far in any state of the country), 157 lives were lost in Assam, 101 in UP and 90 in WB, say reports.
On Sunday, as many as 42 deaths were reported from Bihar, taking the toll to 482 in the state. In UP, five persons lost their lives on Sunday, pushing the flood toll in the state to 101.
Fortunately, now, the flood situation in Assam has reportedly improved to a great extent. In WB, particularly in north Bengal, the floodwaters have reduced from almost all the six affected districts.
As many as 1.71 crore people in 19 districts of Bihar were still affected by the deluge, officials said.
A total of 187 blocks and 2,371 panchayats were affected by the flood, a state Disaster Management department release said, adding that the number of relief camps had come down to 222, where 1.44 lakh people had taken shelter.
Araria district alone accounted for 95 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (46), Purnea (44), Katihar (40), West Champaran (36), East Champaran (32), Darbhanga (30), Madhubani (28), Madhepura (25), Kishanganj (24), Gopalganj (20), Supual (16), Saran (13), Muzaffarpur (9), Saharsa (8), Khagaria (8), Sheohar (6) and Samastipur (2).
The floodwaters, however, had receded at some places, prompting many to return home, officials said.
A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats, 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 630 army personnel, divided into seven teams, were taking part in the rescue-and relief operations in Bihar, officials added.
The MeT office has forecast heavy rain at one or two places of West Champaran district, north-central, north-east and south-east parts of the state on Monday.
Five deaths in flood-related incidents were reported from UP in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 101, the flood control room at the relief commissioner's office said.
Four deaths were reported from Gorakhpur district, while the other one was reported from Lakhimpur Kheri, it added.
The number of flood-hit districts had reduced from 24 to 14, officials said, adding that 3,128 villages remained affected by the deluge and 2,061 of them were marooned.
Rivers such as the Rapti, Ghaghara, Burhi Rapti, Rohini and Quano were in spate and had inundated vast areas of Lakhimpur Kheri, Barabanki, Faizabad and Ballia, Gorakhpur, Siddharthnagar, officials said.
The flood situation in Assam registered a marked improvement on Sunday, although over 1.6 lakh people were still suffering across six districts of the north-eastern state, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said.
Over 2.03 lakh people were hit by the latest wave of floods in Assam till Saturday. The affected districts are Dhemaji, Barpeta, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong.
The third wave of floods has so far claimed the lives of 73 people across Assam and the total number of deaths in flood-related incidents this year stood at 157 in the state, including eight in capital Guwahati.
As per today's ASDMA report, Morigaon was the worst hit with over 92,000 affected people, followed by Nagaon where 54,500 people were hit by the deluge.
Currently, 343 villages were under water and nearly 25,000 hectares of crop area were inundated, the ASDMA said.
The authorities are running 91 relief camps and distribution centres in four districts, where 24,557 people have taken shelter.
The Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, the Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi district and the Kushiyara at Karimganj town were flowing above the danger mark, the ASDMA said.
In WB, the floodwaters had receded from most of the places of the six affected districts in the northern parts of the state as the toll remained static at 90, a state Disaster Management department official said.
Along with these four states, floods had earlier visited Gujarat and Rajasthan too, where several persons were killed due to the calamity. Since June, along with rural areas, monsoon rains have flooded several of India's metros bringing to light how ill-equipped the country is to deal with natural disasters.