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The flood situation in Bihar continues to worsen as the death toll rose to 253 persons on Sunday with 1.26 crore people affected by the floods in 18 districts. Around 4.21 lakh people have been relocated to 1,358 relief camps located in different areas of the state and the number of community kitchens has been increased from 1,879 to 2,569.
According to a Disaster Management Department release, Araria district witnessed 57 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (31), West Champaran (29), Katihar (23), East Champaran (19) while Madhubani, Supaul and Madhepura witnessed 13 each. In Kishanganj district 11 deaths were reported, in Darbhanga 10 deaths, Purnea 9, Gopalganj 8, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Saharsa registered four deaths each while Khagaria and Saran accounted for three and two deaths respectively.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with state Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and the chief minister's Secretary Atish Chandra undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Patna districts.
A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising of 1,152 personnel and 118 boats are involved in rescue and relief operations along with 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force comprising 466 personnel. Army personnel are also assisting in the relief and rescue operations.
According to the local MeT office, Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, and Purnea are likely to witness generally cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershower.