22 August, 2017
The flood situation has worsened in Bihar with the death toll rising over 253. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which serves seven districts in West Bengal and five districts in north Bihar besides the seven northeastern states, is working on a war footing to restore railway services, said the official. Thus, there may be slight improvement in the flooding conditions over both these states. The last time more than 350 people had died of flood in Bihar was in 2008 when the monsoon left a whopping 434 dead.
According to an officials, till date, 7,61,774 people have been evacuated to safe places by the rescue teams of the Army, the National Disaster Response Force, and the State Disaster Response Force, while the government has set up 1,085 relief camps in which 2,29,097 people are living.
Though the disaster management department (DMD) claimed that rescue operations had been launched on a war footing, as per reports pouring in from the districts, lakhs of marooned people had no access to relief materials.
As far as Uttar Pradesh is concerned, more than 2500 villages in 24 districts have been affected over the state.
It said 39,783 individuals have to take protect in help camps in the influenced regions of eastern Uttar Pradesh where there was no eased up in surge rage as seething waters of the streams exuding from Nepal caused destruction in huge swathes of the human home.
Altogether 11.02 lakh people, against yesterday's 14.36 lakh people, were hit by the floods that have submerged 9,000 hectares of farm fields, it said. Major rivers in spate are Mahananda, Gandak, Burhi Gandak and Kosi. "Water has started receding from the flood-hit areas in these districts and people are returning home".
Monsoon has created havoc in Bihar and perturbed the lives of more than 1 crore residents by hitting 18 districts of the state. "The situation is improving everyday", he said.