Rivers in spate, flood situation grim in Bihar

With the rise in level of the Ganga, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed apprehension of further rise in water level by tomorrow.

Published: 21st August 2016 10:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2016 11:02 PM   |  A+A-


PATNA: With the rise in level of the Ganga,  Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed apprehension  of further rise in water level by tomorrow in view of release  of water from Bansagar dam as flood-like situation prevailed  in state.        

Kumar, who held a high level meeting to assess the  situation, later went on an aerial survey of Patna, Bhojpur,  Saran, Vaishali, Begusarai and Khagaria.   

He told reporters there is at the moment no possibility of  flood waters entering into Patna city.             

Meanwhile the rising water level of Ganga has more or  less created flood-like situation in all the districts  situated along the banks of the river in Bihar.   

Ganga and six other rivers were flowing above danger mark  in Patna, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Katihar, Siwan, Bhojpur, Buxar  and Hajipur districts, a disaster management department  statement said.       

Ganga was flowing above danger mark at six places in  various parts of three districts - Digha ghat, Gandhi ghat,  Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur  district, Munger district and Buxar district.           

The districts which are witnessing flood-like situation  included - Patna, Vaishali, Buxar, Bhojpur, Saran, Begusarai,  Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur and  Katihar, the department statement said.        

Around 15,000 people are sheltered in 82 relief camps  after being evacuated from flood affected areas, it said  adding that all camps have the facilities of medical team with  medicines.             

Stating that several districts of Bihar have been facing  the threat of inundation, Kumar said that "The water level of  Ganga has increased due to release of water from Indrapuri  barrage and other rivers merging into Ganga.          

"Besides, a huge volume of water has been released from  Bansagar dam and it is expected that water level, which has  reduced, will once again rise by tonight or tomorrow morning,"  Kumar said. 

The chief minister held Farakka dam responsible for slow  discharge of water from Ganga which has become shallow due to  heavy siltation. This causes flood water to spread to other  areas.        

He appealed to people to vacate the rivebank areas and  come to relief camps which would provide them proper food and  shelter.

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