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Flood situation gets grim in Patna as Ganga swells, worst in decades

August 22, 2016 11:09 AM |

Flood situation gets grim in Patna as Ganga swells, worst in decadesDuring the past few days, several areas in East as well as Central India have witnessed flood like conditions. In fact, the state of Madhya Pradesh has been reeling under intense floods as heavy to very heavy rains continued to lash the state.

Now, it is the capital city of Bihar, Patna’s turn to face the flood fury as River Ganga has swollen. On Saturday and Sunday, flood waters entered many parts of the city. The bad news doesn’t end here.

In fact, as per the Central Water Commission, the water levels in the Ganga River will continue to rise for at least the next 3 to 4 days.  On Saturday, many apartments built in the low lying areas were submerged in water as water entered the LCT Ghat in Mainpura.

The Indrapuri barrage in Rohtas district discharged 11.67 lakh cusecs of water into the Sone water adding to the already grim situation in Patna and adjoining districts of Bihar. As per state authorities, 13 people have lost their lives until now.

These conditions have affected about 50,000 people in Patna alone. So much so that 10,000 people were rescued as water entered homes and buildings. Other districts to have been affected include Samastipur, Vaishali, Buxar, Bhojpur, Lakhi Sarai, Khagaria, Begusarai, Munger and Katihar.

Several teams of both the State Disaster Response Force and the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed. At least a 1,000 country boats have also been put to use adding on to the inflatable boats used the by the Disaster Response Forces.

Conditions are expected to remain grim for the next 24 hours as well because several parts in Bihar are expected to receive more rains due to multiple weather systems.

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