The flood situation in Bihar seems to have worsened further, with the toll mounting to 153. Seven out of 11 major rivers, other than the Ganga, Burhi Gandak, Bhutahi Balan and Laloakeya, continued to flow above their danger levels affecting more than one crore in the state.
Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats, even as the Army was called in for relief and rescue operations in deluge-hit eastern Uttar Pradesh districts adjoining Nepal.
The situation, however, eased in Assam and West Bengal, where no heavy rains were reported. The floods were triggered by heavy rain in Nepal and northern parts of the state.
According to additional secretary of disaster management department Anirudh Kumar, maximum deaths were reported in Araria (30), followed by West Champaran (23), Sitamarhi (13), Kishanganj, Supaul and East Champaran (11 each), Madhepura and Purnia (9 each), Madhubani (8), Katihar (7), Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Saharsa (4 each), Khagaria and Sheohar (3 each), Saran (2) and Muzaffarpur (1).
The MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness rain or thundershower today.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood situation and gave necessary instruction to officials. He gave orders for intensive airdropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran, an official statement said.
DMD sources said that altogether 1,289 relief camps have been set up to accommodate 3,92,654 displaced people. A total of 4,64,610 persons have been evacuated from their habitat. Cattle deaths have also gone up to 27.
Twenty-eight teams of NDRF along with SDRF (16) and Army (7), with 280 boats at their disposal are conducting the relief operations. Two choppers have also been pressed into service in addition to 194 motorboats and 2305 country boats by the state government.