Floods inundate fresh areas in Bihar, death toll rises to 14

Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 17:04

Patna: The flood situation in seven northern
districts of Bihar further worsened on Monday with swollen rivers
inundating fresh areas, even as the death toll mounted to 14.

Three more people, two in Purnia and one in Darbhanga,
drowned yesterday taking the toll in the current spell of
floods to 14, official sources said.

According to an official report, swirling waters affected
scores of villages under Bahadurganj, Terhagachhi, Dighalbank,
Kochadhaman, Bahadurganj, and Potahi in Kishanganj district.

More than 50 villages were affected by floods under
Palasi, Jokihat, Araria, Forbesganj and Kursakata block in
Araria district. Many villages were submerged in Banmankhi and
Krityanandnagar blocks in Western Purnia by turbulent Kosi
which was steadily eroding its embankment, the report said.

Swirling waters of the Adhwara group of rivers inundated
the national highway near Khirma village in Keoti block,
causing temporary suspension of vehicular traffic.

Meanwhile, around 7.5 lakh people continue to reel under
flood with several rivers, including Mahananda, Kankai, Donk,
Mecchi, Ratua, and Bakra, besides, Bagmati, Kamala Balan and
Adhwara, submerging hundreds of villages in the districts of
Purnia, Araria, Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura,
Sitamarhi and Darbhanga, the sources said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 17:04

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