Patna: There was a marked improvement in the
overall flood situation in Bihar on Wednesday with water level of
major rivers showing signs of receding even as Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar undertook aerial survey of the flood-hit areas
and directed the authorities to intensify relief and rescue
The Chief Minister who undertook an aerial survey of the
flood-hit areas today said a flood-like situation arose
because of heavy rains in the state and in Nepal, "But the
flood waters have started receding and the situation now is
fully within control".
The damages caused by the floods must be assessed and a
timely report should reach here for compensation, he said
after reviewing the floods caused by Ganga, Sone, Kamalabalan,
Punpun and Adhwara group of rivers.
He also asked the repective district magistrates of the
flood-hit districts to ensure that the government relief (GR)
reached every affected family on time.
Steps must continue on a war-footing to evacuate the
marooned people to safer places, the chief minister said.
Kumar directed the state water resources and disaster
management departments to intensify relief and rescue
"The state government is ready to reach all-possible
help to the flood-affected people", he said after concluding
his aerial survey at Patna airport.
Central Water Commission sources said the water level of
Ganga was receding though the river was still flowing above
the danger mark at some points.
The river was flowing 33 cm above the danger mark at
Gandhi Ghat (Patna) and 61 cm at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur.
River Sone was flowing 60 cm above the danger mark at
Maner in Patna, while Punpun was flowing 270 cm above the red
mark at Sripalpur, official sources said.
The Burhi Gandak was flowing 68 cm above the danger mark
at Khagaria and Bagmati, Kamala Balan, Kosi and Mahananda
were all flowing above the danger marks but showing receding
trend due to scanty rains in past 24 hours.
Following discharge of 9.50 lakh cusecs of water from
Bansagar dam in Madhya Pradesh and Rihand dam in Uttar Pradesh
into river Sone, several villages of five districts were
inundated, the sources said.
The districts were Rohtas, Arwal, Patna, Aurangabad and
Bhojpur as the river continued to rise along its course.