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Manjhi dials Centre for flood help

- CM urges Rajnath to provide Rs 1000 crore to repair highways

Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh over the flood situation, apprising him of the flood situation.

“I spoke to the home minister and urged him to help us in relief work. I also requested him to sanction Rs 1,000 crore, which the state government spent on repairing the highways,” said Manjhi.

Manjhi also held a videoconferencing meet with district magistrates (DMs) of flood-affected districts regarding rescue operations.

“There should be co-operation between the district administration and water resources department to minimise chances of breach in embankments. Districts, which had less chances of floods, are facing a grim situation like Nalanda and Sheikhpura. The latter never faced floods after 2004,” he said.

On the confusion in the death toll, Manjhi said figures should be corrected as far as loss of life is concerned. He said it was up to the disaster management department. He stressed on deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF)

On its sixth consecutive day, flood continued to wreck havoc claiming one life in Muzaffarpur with the figure now at 17 in the district. Even villages affected has increased by 114. It stands at 803 . “The number of people affected from flood has not gone above 14 lakh. With the help of NDRF and SDRF, 66,551 people were evacuated. Nawada is no more affected. Now, 14 districts are in the grip of flood,” said Anirudh Kumar, special secretary, disaster management.

Estimated crop damage has gone up to Rs 52.21 crore in Saharasa and Muzaffapur, along with 2,351 damaged houses.

The districts affected include Patna, Saharsa, Supaul, West Champaran, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Nalanda, Seohar, Araria, Gopalganj, Sheikhpura and Khagaria.

According to the Central Water Commission, Burhi Gandak has also started flowing above danger level in Khagaria apart from Khiroi in Darbhanga. The level of the Bagmati, Gandak, Kamla Balan, Ganga and Adhwara too are above the danger mark.

The Kosi is on a rising trend. According to CWC, the level of Kosi was above danger level by 17cm, 68cm and 42cm at Basua, Baltara and Kursela, respectively on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to increase by 5cm on Thursday.