Bihar floods claim over 150 lives, almost 1 cr affected

91 killed, 9.6 million people affected by floods in eastern India

The toll in Bihar floods rose to 253 today as the situation worsened further with more areas getting affected and around 1.26 crore people hit by the deluge.

Around 1.08 crore people have been marooned by the disastrous flood that has taken a toll on the livelihood in Bihar. The deluge has affected almost 93 lakh people in 15 districts, forced postponement of examination and cancellation of trains, officials said. Araria district accounted for 23 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (12), Kisanganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Supual (11 each), Madhubani and Katihar (7 each), Madhepura and Purnea (5 each), Darbhanga and Saharsa (4 each), Gopalganj and Khagaria (3 each) and Sheohar (2). Almost 400,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps and an estimated 10 million have been affected by one of the state's worst floods since 2008.

The MeT office in Patna said that Patna, Bhagalpur, Purnea, and Gaya are likely to experience more rainfall and thundershowers in the next 24 hours.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a review meeting along with senior officials and issued orders for intensive airdropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran.

The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday, officials said.

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Officials said 464,610 people have been evacuated to safer places by the Army and other rescued teams during the last five days. The floods had so far affected 22,11,265 people. Out of them, 1.16 lakh have been put up in 504 relief camps in different places.

Uttar Pradesh district is also affected by the disaster.

Almost 1,500 people have been moved to safer places in various districts.

The ASDMA said 31.55 lakh people are affected at present in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts. Air Force, Army and National & State Disaster Response Forces were all pressed in rescue operations. Rescue operations are in full swing in the flood-affected areas.

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