Bihar flood situation worsens Toll rises to 202

Bihar Flood Toll Mounts to 153 17 Districts Affected

Flood situation continues to be grim in Bihar with the death toll rising to 253.

Supaul, Saharsa, Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Madhepura districts are the other districts which have been affected by floods.

Araria accounted for 57 deaths, Sitamarhi 31, West Champaran 29, Katihar 23, East Champaran 19, a Disaster Management department release said.

A total of 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the state.

The MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness generally cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershower tomorrow.

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"The state government will help people in the flood-hit districts to rebuild their lives". National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams were pressed into action to carry out rescue operations and bring the affected people to safer areas. Army personnel are also assisting in the relief and rescue operations.

State authorities have arranged for cooked food for 4.92 lakh people at 2,569 community kitchens across Bihar.

Officials said crops spread over 700,000 hectares have been destroyed due to flood water and over 20,000 huts were washed away in the current floods. So far, 55 people have died in the floods since July 21.

There has been no report of any flood-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a senior official of the West Bengal Disaster Management department said. The Kopili river at Dharamtul in Nagaon and the Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta are also above the danger level. The figure of flood casualties in the state now stands at 69. The forces ended up rescuing over 11,400 people from flood-affected regions. The deadly disease has already claimed 242 lives since flood situation improved in the state.

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