India: Floods in Bihar state

Since Monday ,14 August 2017, 14 districts of Bihar state in India, were experiencing heavy rainfall.  The unprecedented rainfall and consequent floods in Nepal and Himalayan catchment areas during the last three days exacerbated a bad situation and resulted in severe flooding in the 14 districts of Bihar. Rivers such as the Mahananda, Gandak and Kankai are in spate.  98 people have lost their lives so far because of the floods  and an estimated 6.5 million people  are affected in the Bihar.

The floods have severely hampered communication. More than 248,000  people have been evacuated to safer places by the rescue teams. The state government has set up 343 relief camps in which 93,149 people are living. An additional 10 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) battalions each comprising 40-45 personnel have been deployed in flood-hit districts of Kishanganj, Purnia and Araria to strengthen the existing 9 NDRF battalions. A team each of the NDRF has already been deployed in East and West Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Supaul and Purnia districts, while two teams have been positioned at Kishanganj.

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