Bihar flood situation grim as Ganga level rises


With the water level in the Ganga rising, the flood situation in Bihar was grim on Sunday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed apprehension that the situation could worsen by Monday in view of the release of water from Bansagar dam.

Mr. 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 that there was at the moment no possibility of flood waters entering Patna city.

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

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

The Ganga was flowing above the danger mark at six places in various parts of four districts.

Altogether 1,326 boats have been pressed into service by the government to evacuate the affected people. Deploying five teams of NDRF and SDRF personnel in the flood-affected areas the government has also put the Army on alert.

“We want to assure the people that we are alert and taking all precautions to help them at this time of crisis”, said Mr. Kumar.

Ganga crosses danger mark

The Ganga river on Sunday crossed the danger mark in West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh, where Yamuna river is also in spate, while heavy rainfall has created a flood-like situation in some parts of Rajasthan where six persons have died so far.

However, the weather was hot and dry in the national capital and other northern states of Punjab and Haryana.

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