Bihar flood: No fresh areas inundated, 83.62 lakh people affected

A partially submerged government building is seen in a flooded area in Bhagalpur district of Bihar (Reuters)

PATNA: The flood situation in Bihar remained grim where over 83.62 lakh people across 16 districts were affected on Sunday, while no new areas were hit by the calamity in the past 24 hours, the disaster management department said.
The department's bulletin reported the same figures it had done on Saturday, saying that altogether 83,62,451 people were reeling under the impact of the deluge in 1,333 panchayats of 130 blocks.
Flood-related deaths also remained unchanged at 27.
The highest 11 casualties were registered in Darbhanga district, followed by six in Muzaffarpur, four in West Champaran and two each in Saran, Siwan and Khagaria.
However, the number of people being served cooked food has come down to 1.78 lakh on Sunday from 2.09 lakh the previous day.
The number of community kitchens also reduced by 50 since Saturday to reach 219, the bulletin said.
It said that about 5.50 lakh people have been evacuated so far by 26 teams of national disaster response force and state disaster response force.
Meanwhile, the Ganga continued to flow above the danger mark at three places in the state – Gandhi ghat and Hathidah in Patna and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district, the water resources department said.
The river is flowing 26 cm above the danger level at Gandhi Ghat, over 34 cm above it at Hathidah and more than 36 cm above the red mark at Kahalgaon, the department said.
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