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7 more die in Bihar floods; toll mounts to 23

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 21:30

Patna: With seven more deaths reported
from across Bihar, the toll due to floods in the state mounted
to 23 on Wednesday.

Three deaths were reported in Darbhanga, two in
Muzaffarpur and one each in Sitamarhi and Supaul since last
Darbhanga alone claimed the maximum 10 deaths followed by
Muzaffarpur (six) two each in Purnia, Kishanganj, Sitamarhi
and one in Supaul, an official at the state disaster
management cell said today.

Around one million people of 11 districts -- Darbhanga,
West Champaran, Gopalganj, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa,
Supaul, Madehpura, Katihar, Araria and Purnia -- have been
affected due to the floods.

According to a report from Darbhanga, over 100 villages
spread over 13 blocks in Darbhanga were reeling under swirling
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to undertake an
aerial survey of the flood-hit areas tomorrow.

A Central Water Commission report said Kosi, Kamala
Balan, Mahananda, Bagmati and Adhwara groups of rivers
were flowing above the danger mark.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 21:30
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