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Heavy rains and floods continue to plague Bihar as the death toll mounted to 72 with 73.44 lakh people being affected by the floods across 14 districts of the state due to incessant rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state.
According to the special secretary in the state disaster management department Anirudh Kumar, Araria accounted for 20 flood deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (11), West Champaran (9), Kisanganj (8), Madhubani and Purnea (5 each), Madhepura and Darbhanga (4 each), East Champaran (3), Sheohar (2) and Supual (1).
Around 1,151 panchayats falling under the 14 districts have been impacted by the floods.
Kumar added that 2.74 lakh people have been evacuated and taken to safer places out of which 1.16 lakh have been accommodated in 504 relief camps. Community kitchens have been set up in aganwadi kendras and railway stations in Katihar district.
Train services continue to be disrupted due to the flooding situation with several areas completely shut down.
The Motihari-Valmikinagar Road section of Samastipur division had water flowing over rail tracks in Narkatiaganj yard, besides Chamua-Narkatiaganj, Narkatiaganj-Sathi sections and Semra yard and flooding of tracks was witnessed in Sitamarhi-Raxaul section of Samastipur Division.
As a result several trains passing through these sections have been cancelled, diverted, short terminated and short originated, a railways official said.
Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai contributed Rs 11 lakh on behalf of the party to the chief minister's relief fund.