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Bihar Flood: Over 24 lakh affected in 11 districts due to flood waters

A total of 24.42 lakh people have been hit by floods in 765 panchayats of 93 blocks of 11 districts with Darbhanga being the worst-hit, where 8.87 lakh people have been displaced in its 14 blocks.

Flood water in Bihar spread to different regions of the affected districts in Bihar hitting more than one million population in the state. After the total tally of 10 reported deaths in the region, no fresh cases were brought to notice, said the Disaster Management Department on Monday.

A total of 24.42 lakh people have been hit by floods in 765 panchayats of 93 blocks of 11 districts with Darbhanga being the worst-hit, where 8.87 lakh people have been displaced in its 14 blocks.

According to the bulletin released on Sunday, the number of people affected by the Bihar flood waters crossed nearly 15 lakhs in 11 districts.

Apart from Darbhanga, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur districts are badly affected where 7.0 lakh and 3.20 lakh people have been impacted, the bulletin said.

The Indian Air Force had been dropping food packets from the helicopters in Gopalganj, Darbhanga, and East Champaran districts since 25th July. As of now, the air-dropping operation has officially stopped in these districts.

Relief Operation in the State

According to a senior officer of the Disaster Management department, the relief distribution through boats and other means would continue in these places as also in other affected districts.

Each relief packet contains two-and-a-half kg of flattened rice, one kg gram, half kg jaggery, a matchbox, and a packet of candles that were being prepared at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in the state capital.

Lack of Drinking Water for the locals

A family in Kaharpur village of Naugachhia, Bhagalpur district was seen demolishing their home as the river Kosi set out to take it in its stride.

When asked the reason for their action, they said the river Kosi has already washed away multiple houses so they are removing the bricks to use them for another house once the situation turns normal.

A majority of people living in these districts have been forced to vacate their homes due to the onset of the flood. The state is similar to other neighboring districts as well.

In Shormar village of Samastipur, everything including the houses and the schools has submerged. People in the village do not access to water for drinking. It seems that people will have to drink the flood water after boiling them, an affected person in the village said.

Seventeen teams of the NDRF and eight of the SDRF have evacuated over 1.67 people from the affected areas so far.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Commandant Vijay Sinha said that relief work has been quite challenging this year due to the increasing danger of the coronavirus pandemic.

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