Tamil Diplomat

Death toll mounts to 37 in flood-ravaged Bihar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday visited relief camps set-up for flood-affected people in Patna, and instructed officials to focus on the quality of relief materials and sanitation for women. There was no let up in flood fury in Bihar with eight fresh deaths reported on Thursday.

Meanwhile, water in major Uttar Pradesh rivers are receding though they are still flowing above the danger mark. West Bengal’s Malda and Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district witnessed one death each in flood and rain—related incidents. With the fresh death, the flood toll rose to 37 in Bihar, with Bhojpur district accounting for the maximum 12 deaths.

Over two million people from 1,115 villages of 12 districts in Bihar have been affected by devastating floods forcing over 1.7 lakh to take shelter in altogether 179 relief camps set-up in various affected areas. The government has also deployed 160 medical teams at these relief camps, and set-up 49 shelters for animals.

“We’re plying 1,507 boats and we have pressed several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to take people out of the flood but people at some places are reluctant to come out,” said Mr. Vyasji, principal secretary of the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority.(BBC,2016)