Muzaffarpur, Aug. 16: Heavy rain and release of three lakh cusec water from Valmikinagar barrage into Gandak has compounded the flood situation in Muzaffarpur.
A 20m-long stretch of Tirhut canal caved in near Marwan on Friday night, inundating more than 10 villages.
“Standing maize crop on hundreds of acres was washed away in no time,” lamented Mohammad Muzaffar, a farmer of Bishunpur village.
“The Central Water Commission issued alerts in the wake of the spurt in the Bagmati water-level in particular as well as other tributaries. According to its bulletin, all rivers passing through the districts of north Bihar are witnessing a huge surge of water,” said the Aurai BDO.
“A disaster management team led by water resources department officials is making a tour of flood-ravaged areas,” said sub divisional officer (east) Sunil Kumar.
Laxity jab at govt
Residents, who took shelter at the west embankment of river Kamala owing to rupture of the embankment alleged that the government didn’t provide relief or carry out rescue operations.
At Kumhraul and Baur, the embankment broke around 5.45pm and 10pm, respectively.
Biraul sub-divisional officer Shailendra Kumar said: “We have deployed two teams of National Disaster Response Force to expedite relief work.
Baur resident Kamli Devi said: “No government official came to help us.