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No fresh casaulty reported in Bihar floods; situation further


Press Trust of India Patna/Guwahati
The death toll in Bihar floods remained unchanged on Wednesday at 130, while the condition of deluge further improved in its neighbouring state of Assam with water level of all the major rivers as well its tributaries showing a receding trend.
Though no fresh casaulty was reported in Bihar in the past 24 hours, 13 districts continued to remain under water affecting 88.46 lakh people, a state disaster management department statement said.
Good news came from Assam too, where death count stayed unchanged at 86 Wednesday.
Bihar has been witnessing flood since early this month due to torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of Nepal.
According to disaster management department report, 88.46 lakh people in 1269 panchayats of 111 blocks of 13 districts have been affected by floods in the state.
The worst-affected districts are Sitamarhi and Madhubani which account for 37 and 30 casualties respectively taken together more than half of the state-wide death count.
Food is being prepared for the affected population at 442 community kitchens and distributed by 876 personnel equipped with 133 boats, who are assisted by 19 teams of NDRF dispatched from the headquarters of its 9th battalion here.
With people returning to their homes after water receding in several areas, the number of relief camps has reduced to four in which 1250 people have taken shelter.
The flood water has started receding from Darbhanga, where more than 16.33 lakh people have been affected by inundation, and the traffic on Darbhanga-Samastipur rail section is likely to start again in next two-three days, Darbhanga District Magistrate Thyagrajan SM said.
According to Water Resources department daily bulletin, the number of rivers flowing above the danger level has reduced to four from five. The rivers- Baghmati, Burhi Gandak, Adhwara and Khiroi- are flowing above their danger level at seven places in Bihar.
As per meteorological department's forecast, light rainfall is expected in the catchment areas of all the rivers of Bihar till Thursday morning.
In Assam, a population of 5,18,623 in 691 villages in 26 revenue circles of 12 districts are curently hit by the inundation, accoding to a bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA).
The affected districts are Dhemaji, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Cachar.
The death toll in the current wave of floods stays at 86 as was on Tuesday.
Currently, 374 relief camps are operational in the districts of Barpeta, Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon and Jorhat districts with 18,890 inmates and 62 relief distribution centres in the districts of Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup.

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First Published: Jul 31 2019 | 9:15 PM IST

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