2 fresh casualties were reported from Muzaffarpur district, the state disaster management stated (File)
Floods claimed 2 more lives in Bihar on Saturday taking the numbers of deaths to 13, while the variety of people impacted by the catastrophe inched closer to 50 lakh as the waters of overflowing rivers reach fresh locations of the state’s northern part.
According to the bulletin provided by the state disaster management, 2 fresh casualties were reported from Muzaffarpur district. Earlier, Darbhanga and West Champaran had reported seven and 4 deaths respectively.
The number of individuals affected by the floods, throughout 14 districts, stood at 49.05 lakhs, up from 45.39 lakhs on Friday.
The number of impacted panchayats too has actually increased to 1,043 from 1,012 on the previous day.
According to the department, the state has actually gotten an overall average rains of 768.5 mm because the beginning of monsoon, which was 46 percent above regular.
This has actually caused a rise in water levels of many rivers streaming through the state, specifically those coming from Nepal and crisscrossing the northern districts, understood for bringing along big deposits of silt.
More than a quarter of the affected population lives in the 3 adjoining districts of East Champaran, Gopalganj and Saran, all of which fall in the Gandak basin, named after the river that enters Bihar from Nepal through the remote West Champaran district.
Other rivers which have actually been streaming above risk levels at various places include Koshi, Budhi Gandak, Kamla, Bagmati and Adhwara. Besides these districts, those wrecked by the deluge so far are Khagaria, Kishanganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Sheohar, Siwan and Samastipur.
Sixteen livestock have likewise been killed in the floods till date, according to the bulletin.
Relief and rescue work is, meanwhile, in full swing with 29 groups of NDRF and SDRF pressed into service.
The number of people left till date was 3.92 lakh, an addition of about 16,000 since the previous day.
Just 26,732 people have, nevertheless, taken shelter at 19 relief camps. Care was being required to ensure that social distancing steps and other precautions versus the COVID 19 pandemic were in place at the camps and community kitchens set up for flood victims.
Close to 9 lakh people were being fed at 1,340 community kitchens, which are operating in 11 of the affected districts.