Bihar floods worsen; 4 million people affected in 14 districts

As the flood situation in Bihar worsens the death toll rose to 11 and nearly 40 lakh people have been affected by the deluge. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob

As the flood situation in Bihar worsens the death toll rose to 11 and nearly 40 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, the state disaster management department said.

The Central Water Commission issued a ‘red bulletin’ on Thursday warning of extreme flood situation in rivers Burhi Gandak in Muzaffarpur and Adhwara in Darbhanga even as the number of flood-hit districts went up to 14 in north Bihar.

Almost all the rivers in the state, including Ganga, Bagmati, Budhi Gandak, Kamala Balan, Mahananda are flowing above the danger mark in many areas.

The government currently runs 19 relief camps and 989 community kitchens in 14 flood affected districts of the State. In all, 25,116 people have taken shelter at these camps and 5,71,122 have food daily at the community kitchens.

Over one lakh people have taken shelter on embankments and national highways. Many have pitched tarpaulin tents, under which they live with their family and their cattle.