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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced Rs 500-crore relief package for flood-hit Bihar after conducting an aerial survey of the affected districts with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Modi along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, conducted the survey of Kishanganj, Purnea, Katihar and Araria districts of Seemanchal region -- the worst hit.
The aerial survey took nearly 50 minutes as the leaders took stock of the situation, an official of the Bihar disaster management department said.
Following the survey, Modi met top Central and state officials along with Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi, at the conference hall of Chunapur airport in Purnea to review aid management.
Earlier, Modi was received by Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi at the Purnea airport.
PM Modi is scheduled to meet CM Nitish Kumar and other officials in Purnea for discussing the further course of action. Bihar government is supposed to submit a detailed report to the Central Government to redeem assistance.
The fatal floods took a toll on 480 people's life. An official from Bihar's Disaster Management Department confirmed that the flood has affected the lives of 158.305 lakh persons in 2,313 panchayats under 185 blocks in 19 districts.
Nepal's overflowing rivers played an important role in worsening the situation in four northeastern districts - Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar of Bihar. Other districts affected by flood include Supaul, Saharsa, Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Madhepura.