An aerial view of the flood-affected areas in Muzaffarpur district, Bihar on Sunday. (ANI)
THE surging floods in Bihar have spread to 11 districts, affecting nearly 15 lakh people in the State. Relief and rescue operations by the State Government have not proved adequate. Major rivers in the State are in spate and flowing above the danger mark.
The water resources department report said the water level of Kosi, near Veerpur barrage, rose from 1.55 lakh cusec at 6 am on Monday to 1.62 lakh cusec at 8 am. The Gandak river was flowing at 1.89 lakh cusec at the Balmikinagar barrage at 6 am, which reached to 2.9 million cusec at 8 am. In Bihar, almost all rivers are flowing above the danger mark. Rivers such as Ganga, Bagmati, Budhi, Gandak, Kamala Balan, Mahananda and Ghaghra have been flowing above the danger mark in many areas.
Disaster management additional secretary Ramchandra Doo said the disaster management department has been alert and undertaking rescue and relief operations in view of the increased water level of various rivers in Bihar. Due to increased water level of rivers, 625 panchayats in 86 blocks across 11 districts have been inundated and affected nearly 1.5 mn people.