The Bihar government on Monday decided to withdraw alert from six out of nine districts as the flood threat receded after the Nepal government decided against a blast to open the mouth of the blocked Bhote Kosi, a tributary of Kosi river.
There is no immediate threat of flood in the Kosi river but the central government is regularly monitoring the situation through the National Crisis Management Committee, a home ministry statement said Monday.
With accumulation of water behind the blocked Bhote Kosi, tributary of the Kosi River in Nepal, rising to 32 lakh cusecs on Sunday from 25 lakh cusecs earlier and the threat of deluge looming large over Bihar, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said the "situation may turn fearsome".
Government has put on alert troops of border guarding Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in view of the impending Kosi floods in Bihar even as the paramilitary force has moved its critical equipment and ammunition to interior areas from the frontier.
Kosi floods — As the situation in Bihar worsens due to floods in the river Kosi Centre on Sunday rushed in essential supplies, relief teams and put on standby several aircrafts to deal with any emergency.
Water level of Kosi River in Bihar increased on Sunday after the Nepalese Army carried out low-intensity blasts to remove the landslide debris from a river in Nepal to free the huge quantity of water accumulated there.
A landslide in Nepal has led to creation of an artificial dam on river Kosi, triggering possibility of a flood that could affect parts of Bihar, government said here today as it swung into action to control damage.
Over five years after their houses were washed away by the Kosi river in the worst floods in Bihar in half a century, Karee Devi and Ramji Das - and hundreds of others like them - are still awaiting the construction of their houses under the state government`s rehabilitation and reconstruction project.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that his government`s focus has shifted from minimizing damage to ensuring that relief materials reach the victims in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin.