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Flood threat looms over east Indian state of Bihar

Sep 10, 2013

Humanitarian agencies responding to the floods have cited the need for safe drinking water, medical facilities and shelter as over 6.9 million people have been displaced due to the floods.

More than 200 people have died in this year’s floods in Bihar following continuous and heavy rainfall over the past month. According to reports, rainfall in the catchments of major rivers originating in Nepal has led to the River Ganga cross the danger level.

Over 3,768 villages spread over 20 districts have been affected as 6.9 million people have been displaced and crop over 5,00,000 hectares has been lost, creating a situation of uncertain food security.

The damage caused by the floods is estimated to be to the tune of 14, 356.00 million rupees. 7,005 houses have been fully damaged and 108,876 partially damaged as flood waters submerged the national highway at several places.

In the meanwhile, the state government has asked the district magistrates and superintendents of police of the flood-affected areas to remain on high alert and to maintain vigil to meet any eventually arising out of heavy rainfall and spate in the rivers.

The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 14 teams in the state for search and rescue operation. 1, 81,288 people have been evacuated to safer places so far. The administration has set up 357 relief camps, accommodating 2, 14,037 people and deployed 306 medical teams.

The administration has distributed 80897 quintals of wheat and 21906 quintals of rice besides other food-stuff and temporary housing material.

Humanitarian agencies responding to the floods included the Indian Red Cross, World Vision, CARITAS and ADRA India. The agencies have cited the need for safe drinking water, medical facilities and shelter.

A report of the Central Water Commission (CWC) on September 8 has forecast a flood situation in the state as the Ganga river is flowing above its designated danger level at the state capital, Patna and the Kosi river is flowing well over a metre above the danger level in Katihar district.

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