Flood situation grim in Bihar as water level rises

Flowing waters forced the railways to stop passenger trains on the Darbhanga-Samastipur section. “Flood level was rising past railway bridge number 16 at Hayaghat. Operations on the segment had to be stopped, “said East Central Railway chief public affairs officer Rajesh Kumar.
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An introductory road connecting Goplagnaj with Bettiah was wiped away by waters from river Gandak. “The road had begun flooding on Wednesday, but the erosion caused by the high volume water flow could not be stopped. We expect to restore traffic on the road soon,” said Gopalganj district magistrate Arshad Aziz.

There are presently floods affecting over 8 lakh people in 10 districts of northeastern Bihar, comprising 64 blocks and 426 panchayats. The State has set up 28 soup kitchens and relief centers. 21 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and 14 State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams were pressed into action to save the marooned.

“To date, more than 3,200 people and 126 livestock have been safely evacuated by NDRF personnel’s. Last night when the embankment burst in the village of Bhawanipur in East Champaran, our 9th Battalion personnel rescued 1,200 civilians,” said NDRF Commander Vijay Sinha.

“Owing to heavy rainfall in the last two days, water levels in rivers have risen dramatically, flooding many areas, but our department officials are on high alert and reaching to the developing situation,” said Minister of State Water Resources Sanjay Jha. On Friday, river Saran split in two locations, Devapur village under Barauli block and Puraina village Majahgarh block in Gopalganj district.

“The small villages of Kesaria, Kotwa and Kalyanpur blocks in East Champaran, Barauli and Manjha blocks in Gopalganj, and Hanuman Nagar and Keoti blocks in Darbhanga were flooded with water from the Gandak and Bagmati rivers,” a Water Resources Department official said. In higher areas, peasants were forced to seek shelter from national highways and government offices. Moreover, the State Government has declared nearly 6,000 as aid for all families impacted by the disaster.

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