Nitish conducts aerial survey as flood situation turns grim in Bihar
FLOOD SITUATION WORSENS AS KAMLA BALAN BREACHES ITS MUD EMBANKMENTS AT SEVEN PLACES SINCE SATURDAY NIGHT
PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday conducted aerial survey of flood-affected districts and ordered for speeding up relief and rescue operations there.
A report received from the Chief Minister’s Office said Kumar conducted aerial survey in five districts such as Darbhanga Madhubani, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and East Champaran, currently worst affected by floods.
“The flash flood situation has been created owing to heavy rains in the catchment areas of rivers in Nepal but the chief minister is keeping a close watch on the situation and effective measures have been taken for the flooded region,” a Press release issued by the chief minister office said on Sunday.
According to the information, the chief minister has also ordered for setting up of relief camps and community kitchens in the flood-affected areas with the instruction to maintain quality of the food to be served to the flood victims.
The overall flood situation worsened on Sunday after both embankments of Kamla Balan river breached at seven places due to heavy discharge of waters last night. “Authorities are working hard to plug the holes,” a senior official from Central Flood Control (CFC) told on Sunday.
The CFC report further said most of the rivers such as Gandak, Baghmati, Kamla Balan, Adhwara group, Kosi and Mahananda were flowing above danger mark.
Authorities have already all the 56 gates of Kosi barrage at Birpur due to heavy discharge of around four lakh cusec of water on Saturday.
Local media has reported hapless villagers are moving to safer places with the floodwaters flooding their homes and survival chances becoming rather difficult. Many villagers have taken shelter atop river embankments, along railway lines or on rooftops to escape floods.
Floods have not only left thousands of villagers homeless but also damaged their homes, disrupted road as well as railway traffic and snapped electric lines.