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Bihar floods: Toll reaches 253, 12.7 mn affected, situation remains grim

Till date, 721,704 people have been evacuated to safe places by the rescue teams of the Army

IANS  |  Patna 

Bihar floods
Flood-hit people shift with their belongings at Runni Saidpur in Sitamarhi district in Bihar on Thursday. Photo: PTI

The flood situation remained grim in while the death toll rose to 253 on Sunday, an official said

A Disaster Management Department official said 12.687 million persons in 1,965 under 171 blocks in 18 districts have been affected by the

According to an official release, till date 721,704 people have been evacuated to safe places by the rescue teams of the Army, the Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the (SDRF), while the government has set up 1,358 relief camps in which 421,824 people are living.

"For the flood victims, 2,569 community kitchens have been set up," the official said.

"Major rivers in spate have breached banks, inundated new areas and displaced thousands since last week, washing away hundreds of huts and damaging buildings, roads, bridges and standing crops worth crores of rupees," he said.

He said thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes after flood waters entered their villages and have taken shelter at high places including school buildings and embankments.

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 08:08 IST
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