Patna: With major rivers maintaining their
rising trend, the flood situation worsened on Thursday in Bihar
where 89 people have lost their lives since the beginning of
monsoon this year.
Disaster management department sources said the
situation had worsened in Madhubani, Sitamarhi and Darbhanga
districts following heavy rains in the catchment areas in
Bihar and Nepal of the Adhwara group of rivers.
Official sources said 100 villages were submerged as the
river embankment eroded at Awapur in Sitamarhi district
forcing thousands of people to take shelter in high areas.
Flood waters of Bagmati river damaged 681 houses at
Bairginiyans and also submerged NH 77 in the district,
the sources said.
In Darbhanga district Kamala Balan river breached its
Maharji embankment in a stretch of 300 feet, while Bagmati
has inundated more than 200 villages, they said.
Central Water Commission sources said the flood waters
of Ganga was receding though its water level has crossed the
danger mark at certain points.
The river is flowing 38 cm above the danger mark at
Gandhi Ghat here and 27 cm above the danger mark at Kahalgaon
The water level of Sone river is 23 cm above the danger
mark at Maner here, while Punpun river is flowing 257 cm above
the red mark at Sripalpur, the sources said.
The Central Water Commission sources said the water
level of Adhwara Group of rivers has crossed the danger mark
at Kamtaul (40cm) and Ekmighat (36 cm), while Kamla Balan
river is flowing 33 cm above the danger level at Jhanjahrpur.
Kosi river is still flowing 47 cm above the danger mark
at Basua, 78 cm at Baltara and 64 cm at Kursela.
Heavy rains in the catchments areas of Sone river led
to the swelling in its water and collapse of mud houses in
The state water resources and disaster management
departments are on high alert and relief and rescue operations
have been intensified in the flood-hit areas, the sources
The government has cancelled leaves of all engineers
till October 15 and postponed the state-level meeting of
chief engineers scheduled on September 29 and 30 to October 15
Of the 89 people who died in the flood since the
beginning of this monsoon 14 died in Bhagalpur, 12 in Bhojpur,
10 in Samastipur, 9 in Saharsa and 8 each in Begusarai and
West Champaran and Lakhisarai.
Six people in Khagaria, four in Vaishali, three in
Madhepura, two each in Madhubani and Muzaffarpur districts,
one each in Patna, Purnea and Supaul, official sources said.