| Villagers of Harni of Aurai and Katra blocks at a makeshift camp in Muzaffarpur. Picture by Lokesh Bihari |
The flood situation in the state improved a bit on Tuesday with water receding in many rivers.
At least 17 districts were affected by flood and the toll remains at 55.
“There is relief as no death has been reported from any of the flood-affected districts on Tuesday and the number of people affected from the flood also remains at 18.3 lakh. However, as soon as the water recedes, the chance of discovering more bodies cannot be denied. Evacuation is going on in all the districts, and on Tuesday, 7,449 people were sent to safe zones. The total number of people evacuated is 1,53,250,” said Anirudh Kumar, special secretary, disaster management department.
He added that people are leaving the relief camps going to their relatives’ houses, resulting in withdrawing the number of relief camps from 97 to 86.
At least 1,435 villages and 4 lakh hectares of agricultural land were affected in 17 districts of which 1 lakh hectares are non-agricultural land.
The number of people kept in shelters also decreased by 920 with villagers staying in the relief camps being 32,387. Twelve teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and four teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for the relief and rescue operation.
Till now, the disaster management department has distributed 2,266 quintals of foodgrain and given cash worth Rs 49 lakh among the flood-affected people. However, a detailed estimate of damaged properties, including land, and would be made separately by several departments, including road construction and rural works.
Apart from this, the disaster management department has put 1,397 boats in 17 districts for relief work and also distributed material like fodder, match box, candle and kerosene among the affected people.
As per the official of Central Water Commission, all major rivers, except the Kosi, showed receding and steady trend in the past 24 hours. Other rivers, which showed receding and steady trend, include the Gandak, Sone, Ganga, Punpun, Ghaghra, Kamla Balan and Burhi Gandak.
Though the trend was steady, some rivers like the Kamla Balan and Burhi Gandak were flowing higher than the danger mark. The Kamla Balan was flowing above danger mark by 89cm at Jhanjharpur and the Burhi Gandak by 3 cm at Lalbaghiyaghat in East Champaran.
The water resources department, on the other hand, issued a statement saying all their river embankments across the state are safe and no new breach has occurred into it on Tuesday.
The department also stated that the four damaged embankment are being repaired on war-footing.