Bihar floods claim over 150 lives, almost 1 cr affected

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Samastipur was today included in the list of flood- affected districts, taking the number of inundated districts to 18.

The health department has launched a toll-free number "104" to provide information on floods, Principal Secretary of Health R K Mahajan at the press briefing said. "We have sought army's help to reach out to the affected people", T P Gupta, a senior official from the state's disaster management authority, said.

Summary: Lakhs of people are still trapped at Sugauli in East Champaran and Gaunaha, Chanpatia and Narkatiaganj in West Champaran.

Soldiers used motorboats to rescue people marooned on rooftops while air force helicopters dropped packets of food and drinking water to those trapped in their homes. Rescue operating teams and army as well are working for saving up of lives in the Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, states abutting the Nepal border. Due to heavy rain and discharge of highly speeded water through the Rohin river, the status of Maniram Township and National highway was deteriorated. On Friday, the Northern Railway informed that Guwahati Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi will remain cancelled on August 20.

"In the eastern state of Bihar, the floods have killed 56 people since Sunday and affected almost seven million, " State Disaster Management Official, Pratyay Amrit, said. The toll in West Champaran was 23, Sitamarhi 13, and 11 each in Kisanganj, East Champaran and Supual. In the fist phase of floods, which had affected the State between May to July, 84 people had lost their lives.

Over 96 lakh people spread over 16 districts are reeling under the impact of unprecedented floods.

The toll in the third wave of floods in the state has risen to 49. 202 people have so far died in the state as swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes. About 4 lakh persons have taken shelter in 1,290 relief camps. More than a million people have been affected. Around 5.30 lakh people have been affected in Morigaon.

Further east in India, at least 60 people have died in floods that hit Assam state a second time in less than four months and almost 425,000 remain in relief camps.

"The restoration work is going on on a war footing in all locations".

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