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Bihar Flood: Situation Gets Worse, Nitish Calls For Prime Minister's Help

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| August 14 , 2017 , 19:53 IST

As rivers breach out their banks and embankments, the situation of Bihar flood is getting worse by day. According to senior officials, the flood has affected nearly two million people so far.

According to reports, railway stations have been flooded largely affecting the commute while crops worth crores have been damaged. Some reports even suggest that the flood has submerged the national highways, transportation on NH 104 in Sitamarhi, NH 31 in Kishanganj and NH 327 in Araria have been the worst hit.

While the government has launched a massive relief and rescue operation, Army, Air Force and National Disaster Response Force are active in all the flood hit districts.

Principal Secretary in the Bihar Disaster Management Department, Pratyaya Amrit said, "We are evacuating people to safer places. It is our priority for now because thousands are stranded."

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after an aerial survey of the flooded districts, said he had told officials to speed up rescue and relief work. "It is like a flash flood situation after heavy rains in the last three days. Relief and rescue operations are going on in full swing," he said.

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Nitish Kumar said he had asked the district magistrates of the worst-hit districts to conduct aerial survey and work on a strategy to reach out to the affected people. "It will take time for the flood waters to recede from villages."

According to the Bihar Disaster Management Department, nearly two million people have been affected by the floods, including thousands who have been forced to flee their homes.

In the last two days, nearly one million people have been displaced in Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea and Katihar districts. "Thousands were displaced as their villages got inundated," a Kishanganj district official said.

Other affected districts are Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul as well as East and West Champaran.

The Bihar State Disaster Management Department has asked people living in low-lying areas to move to higher places as heavy rains continue.

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"The flood situation in Bihar will continue to be grim for some time due to rising water levels in rivers and incessant rains," a department official said.

So far, 10 persons, including women and children, have been killed in the floods.

Nitish Kumar has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to provide all possible help. His office said an 80-member team from the Bihar Regiment rushed to Kishanganj and Araria districts on Sunday evening. More soldiers joined them on Monday.