Twenty-Four People Dead in Bihar Flood; CM Conducts Aerial Survey

Flood water in Purnia district.

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Patna: Flood situation in the northeast region of Bihar got further grim on Monday as the death toll rose to 24 with over 25 lakh people in over a dozen districts affected by the flood water forcing them to leave their belongings behind to seek shelter on higher grounds.

With incessant rain for the last few days in Nepal and north-east region of India, Bihar once again is staring at the face of disaster that it has faced each year for the past several decades with both the central and state government only paying lip service year after year promising to find a permanent solution to this curse on the state that claims hundreds of lives and causes damage to properties and crops to the tune of several crore rupees.

As in the last 14 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts while calling an emergency meeting of ministers and senior bureaucrats to discuss strategy to minimize loss and provide relief to the flood victims.

Districts severely affected by this year's flood include Sitamarhi, Araria, Maharajganj, Kishanganj, Sheohar, Katihar, Purnia, and Madhubani, among others.

Officials said five rivers in Bihar including Mahananda, Kamla Balan, Baghmati, Lalbakeya, and Adhwara were flowing above the danger level at many places. With flood water entering in Sitamarhi, the road connection between many blocks in the district were completely disrupted, they said.

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