Patna: Fear of flood have gripped the state, devastated flood triggered by incessant rains in Nepal and some districts in the northern part of the state makes situation worst in Bihar. Nearly 73.44 lakh people across 14 districts are affected and the death toll rose to 72 and the situation continued to remain grim.
The State government has commenced relief and rescue operations with the help of the Army, Air Force, 27 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and 15 State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams.
Special secretary for disaster management in the state, Anirudh Kumar said 73.44 lakh people are in the grip of flood which has engulfed 110 blocks and 1,151 panchayats in 14 districts of the state, the latest being Gopalganj, which was submerged on Wednesday.
The worst affected districts are Araria, Saharsa, Katihar, Purnia, Kishanganj, West and East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sheohar, Supaul and Gopalganj.
Dr. Wakil Ahmed, Ex-Sarpanch Babu Saleempur, Darbhanga said that flood water has entered in people’s home and they are forced to take shelter elsewhere. Currently Nayagaon eastern panchayat has arranged Khichadi (dish mix of rice and lentils) through some Anganwadis (Panchayat schools). “In 2004 state government has given 1 quintal wheat and Rs. 200 to each family and Nitish government has still not announced any relief for the affected people. State government should give 2 quintal grain and Rs. 2000 as a relief for all those affected”, He demanded.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been undertaking aerial surveys of the districts for the last three days. The devastating flood waters have washed away thousands of thatched huts and tin-roofed homes, and damaged buildings, schools, roads, bridges and standing crops worth crores of rupees.
Mohammad Salahuddin, Retd. Teacher and social worker from Rajuara, Darbhanga said that people have to cross 3 to 4 feet of water to complete their needs and demanded emergency assistance. He also said, “All corps are ruined and government should compensate for same”. Immediate medical assistance to be provided as continuous rain and flood has worsened the health situation, he added.
According to officials, Railway stations in Kishanganj, Katihar and Jogbani in Araria were flooded, leaving scores of passengers stranded. Eighteen trains have been cancelled since Sunday. Flood waters have submerged NH-104 in Sitamarhi, NH-31 in Kishanganj and NH-327 in Araria.