Floods continue to wreak havoc in Bihar, Assam; death toll mounts to 170

The flood toll in Assam and Bihar on Monday rose to 170, while 1.07 crore people were still affected by the deluge, PTI reported.

On Sunday, two deaths were reported from Morigaon district, and one each from Dhemaji, Goalpara and Kamrup districts, taking the toll in the state to 66. On Monday, one person each died in Dhemaji and Dhubri districts, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in its daily bulletin. The Brahmaputra river, meanwhile, was flowing above the danger level at some parts in the districts of Jorhat, Dhubri, Sonitpur and Nagaon district, officials said.

A total of 2,283 villages and 1.14 lakh hectares of agricultural land are inundated because of the floods. Nearly 97,000 people were displaced and sheltered in 757 relief camps and relief distribution centres that the government has set up.

Over 15 lakh animals across 16 districts have been affected by the floods, with 187 animal deaths reported. Sixteen rhinos died in the Kaziranga National Park, PTI reported.

With two more deaths in Muzaffarpur, the toll in Bihar climbed to 104, PTI reported. As many as 76.85 lakh people in 12 districts were affected.

Madhubani district faced the worst brunt of the flood with 13.94 lakh people affected, a government document showed. As many as 23 people have died in the district, and 27 in Sitamarhi.

Disaster Management Department officials, however, said the number of people in relief camps has reduced as flood waters have started receding. The districts in which the water has receded are Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Araria, Sheohar, Darbhanga, Purnea, Kishanganj, Supaul, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa and Katihar. “People are going back to their houses,” said an unidentified government official.

The National Disaster Response Force and Bihar State Disaster Response Force are using 125 boats to carry out rescue operations, PTI reported.

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