Floods claim 36 more lives in Northeast, Bihar

At least 36 more flood-related deaths have been reported from Bihar and Assam, even as over 1.20 crore people have been marooned in both the states.

Published: 18th August 2017 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2017 06:02 PM   |  A+A-

Flood-hit people shift with their belongings at Runni Saidpur in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, on Thursday | PTI

By Express News Service

GUWAHATI/PATNA: At least 36 more flood-related deaths have been reported from Bihar and Assam, even as over 1.20 crore people have been marooned in both the states. The death toll in the flood mounted to 98 in Bihar, with 26 more people losing their lives. The deluge has affected nearly 93 lakh people in 15 districts, forced postponement of examinations and cancellation of trains, officials said.

The regional MeT office has forecast rain in southern Bihar for one more week. Over 3.59 lakh people have been shifted to safer places. Of them, 2.13 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps, said officials.
As many as 124 roads, including national highways, have been damaged due to the floods. Meanwhile, train services continued to be affected.

The floods in Assam claimed 10 more lives. Around 31 lakh people across 24 districts are bearing the brunt of the flooding. The toll in the third wave of floods in the state has risen to 49. As many as 133 people have died so far this year in flood-related incidents. According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, three persons died in Dhubri, two in Morigaon and one each in Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Barpeta, South Salmara and Nagaon districts.

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