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No let-up in flood situation in India’s Assam, Bihar: officials



No let-up in flood situation in India’s Assam, Bihar: officials

There has been no let-up in the flood situation in India’s northeastern state of Assam and the eastern state of Bihar, officials said Thursday.

According to Bihar Disaster Management Department (BDMD), in the past 24 hours, floods have claimed 11 lives and affected a population of over 3 million in 12 districts.

“The ongoing floods have hit 901 panchayats (villages) spread over 102 blocks of 12 districts,” data released by BDMD said. “The floods have claimed 11 lives – seven in Darbhanga and four in West Champaran on Wednesday.”

The worst affected districts are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, East Champaran, West Champaran, Khagaria, Saran and Samastipur.

“The cumulative death toll in floods from July 24 until last evening is 43,” the data available with BDMD reveals. “The deaths have taken place in West Champaran, Darbangha and Sitamirhi.”

Meanwhile, in the ongoing floods in Assam, the death toll has risen to 107.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), in the past 24 hours, floods have claimed three lives and affected a population of over 1.6 million in 21 districts.

“The deaths have taken place in Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup,” an official said.

Floods hit the state on May 22 and as per cumulative figures, it has hit 30 districts and affected a population of over 5.6 million so far.

According to a Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin, Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali and Kopili rivers continued to flow over the danger mark at several places.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood-hit areas in the state on Wednesday. He inspected an embankment on Charikoria river in Lakhimpur’s Dhakuakhana. Sonowal also visited the Jiadhal river site where floods have caused huge damage.

According to officials, the incessant rains have also triggered landslides in several areas from June 2 until July 12 intermittently, wherein also 26 people were killed.

Together with the deaths in floods so far 133 people have been killed in the state.

Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam during the monsoon season.

However, this year the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a greater challenge for the authorities and people.


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