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Rain in catchment areas of Gandak causes flood in north Bihar

On Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the disaster management department and district magistrates to remain alert in view of heavy rainfall in the catchment areas.

Published: 21st July 2020 09:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2020 09:31 PM   |  A+A-

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A man seen standing on a flooded road. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

PATNA: Heavy rainfall in catchment areas of river Gandak has led to the discharge of excess water from Valmikinagar barrage in West Champaran district on Tuesday, flooding parts of north Bihar.

Several rivers except the Ganges continued to flow above the danger mark and floodwaters have hit nearly 4 lakh people in eight districts, a disaster management department bulletin said.

The bulletin, however, did not mention any loss of human life or cattle.

The discharge from Valmikinagar barrage was 3.39 lakh cusecs on July 14, which increased to 4.28 lakh cusecs on Tuesday, sources in the water resources department said, adding it was triggered by heavy rainfall in catchment areas of Gandak river in Nepal for the past few days.

The water discharged from the barrage will flow into the Ganges near Hajipur, increasing its water level.

Though floodwaters have submerged a large number of panchayats, the embankments are safe.

"All the embankments are safe and there is no breach in any of them so far," Water Resources Department Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha told PTI.

He said officials have been deployed every two km of the major embankments to ensure their safety. They have been provided pipes and other items to plug seepage.

On Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the disaster management department and district magistrates to remain alert in view of heavy rainfall in the catchment areas.

He directed them to ensure people are moved to safer grounds. He also ordered officials to set up separate disaster relief centers for people moved out of containment zones.

He asked them to ensure people maintain social distance and wear masks at relief centers.

The National Disaster Response Force as well as the SDRF has been sent to affected districts to assist the local administration in relief and rescue operations.

A total of 13,585 people have been moved to safer places and 1,075 are staying at five relief camps, the official bulletin said, adding 29,824 people have been served cooked food through 45 community kitchens.

The eight districts which have been affected by floodwaters are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, and East Champaran.

Several rivers such as Baghmati, Kamlabalan, Burhi Gandak, Mahananda, Khiroi, Lalbakeya and Adhwara are flowing above the danger level.

The Ganges is flowing below the danger mark at all locations including two locations in Patna, it said.

While Baghmati is flowing above the danger mark at four places in Sitamarhi district, at Benibad in Muzaffarpur and at Hayaghat in Darbhanga district, the bulletin said.

Kamlabalan river is flowing above the danger mark at two places in Madhubani, while Burhi Gandak is above the danger mark at two places in Samastipur district.

Mahananda river is flowing above the danger level in Kishanganj and in Purnea, while Khiroi is above the danger level at two places in the Darbhanga district. Adhwara is flowing above danger level at two places in Sitamarhi district, it added.

A total of 16 NDRF teams, each comprising around 35 personnel, have been deployed in different districts, Commandant of the 9th Battalion Vijay Sinha told PTI.

He said three teams have been sent to Gopalganj, two each have been deployed in Chapra, Bettiah and Motihari.

One team each is working in Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Araria, Supaul, Kishanganj and Katihar, he said.

Each team has been provided 4-6 boats and at least two deep divers, he added.

The NDRF teams are also carrying MFR (Medical First Respondent) kits to provide immediate pre-hospital medical assistance to the needy, Sinha said.

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