Thousands rendered homeless by floods in Bihar

August 20th, 2008 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Aug 20 (IANS) Thousands of people were rendered homeless in Bihar by floods triggered by heavy rains and breaches in barrages and embankments, official sources said Wednesday. A day after a breach developed in the Kosi barrage upstream in neighbouring Nepal, the flood situation worsened Wednesday in some bordering districts of Bihar. The state government had already sounded red alert in districts that are considered to be flood prone.

“Floodwaters entered several villages in Forbesganj in Araria, Purnea and Supaul districts Wednesday,” official sources said.

A breach developed Tuesday in the Khairpur embankment in Bhagalpur that forced hundreds of people to flee, they added.

Taking serious note of the flood situation, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday reviewed the flood situation with top officials.

Nitish Kumar directed the officials to step up relief and rescue efforts in affected districts.

According to official sources in the state’s Disaster Management Department, flood situation is grim in 802 villages in 11 districts - Muzaffarapur, Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, Katihar, Araria, West Champaran, Khagaria, Sitamarhi, Patna and Nalanda.

Major rivers, including the Ganga, Punpun, Ghaghra, Burhigandak, Bagmati, Kosi and Mahananda, were flowing above the danger mark at several places.

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