PM announces Rs 500 crore relief for flood-hit Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

According to officials, seven teams of Indian army, 51 of disaster response force National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been deployed to evacuate people from the flood affected areas. He was told that the flood had caused maximum damage to the Seemanchal (border) areas and the state water resource department has suffered the maximum loss due to breach of embankments and waterways for irrigation. The death toll due to floods in Bihar stands at 418 in 19 districts. However, one more death was reported in the state taking the toll in the latest wave of flood to 73. The deluge has so far claimed 95 lives in Araria, 46 in Sitamarhi, 44 in Purnia, 40 in Katihar, 36 in West Champaran, 32 in East Champaran, 30 in Darbhanga, 28 in Madhubani, 25 in Madhepura, 24 in Kishanganj, 20 in Gopalganj, 16 in Supaul, 13 in Saran, nine in Muzaffarpur, eight each in Saharsa and Khagaria, six in Sheohar and two in Samastipur.

The water in Burhi Gandak and Bagmati rivers is flowing above danger mark and have inundated new areas. The flood situation in Assam registered a marked improvement today, 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. The affected districts are Dhemaji, Barpeta, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong.

Floods have left number of people homeless.

Currently, 343 villages were under water and almost 25,000 hectares of crop area were inundated, the ASDMA said. The state government has opened hundreds of relief camps and community kitchens for the flood-hit people.

Modi, who has assured Nitish all possible assistance for flood relief and rescue operation, will undertake aerial survey of flood-torn districts.

The improvement, he added, was aided by little or no rainfall over the last few days in Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Cooch Behar and Malda districts. "The water is receding and people are returning home", the officer said, adding that the bus services were resuming gradually in the affected districts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a Rs 500 crore relief package for Bihar after conducting an aerial survey of the flood-hit regions in the state.

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