Bihar fears floods as heavy rains swell rivers

first_imgBihar fears floods as heavy rains swell riversAccording to a state disaster department official here on Saturday, the rising water levels of Koshi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are causing panic among the people living near the banks.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PatnaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 17:17 IST PTI image used for representation.After drought-like situation till last week, Bihar now fears floods as the water levels of several rivers have been rising following heavy rains in the past six days.According to a state disaster department official here on Saturday, the rising water levels of Koshi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are causing panic among the people living near the banks.According to reports, hundreds of people have fled or are fleeing their homes in Supaul, Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Araria and Kishanganj districts.The Water Resources Department had issued a high alert in vulnerable districts, particularly bordering Nepal, said an official.North Bihar districts received a record rainfall during the last 24 hours with East Champaran reporting 214.92 mm rain, Sitamarhi 154.55 mm and Muzaffarpur 125.15 mm, said a Meteorological Department officials.In Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran, incessant rainfall for the last four days caused waterlogging in the town. District Magistrate Raman Kumar had ordered the closing of schools and other educational institutions till July 15, district disaster officer Anil Kumar said.Schools have also been closed in Araria and Kishanganj districts in view of the threat of flood.Though the rising water levels have raised pressure on embankments at several places, officials claimed they were safe and there was no need to panic. The state government has alerted engineers concerned and asked them to keep 24-hour vigil.”All engineers have been directed to be ready with necessary equipment and boulders to face any situation and protect the embankments,” an official of Water Resource Department said.The government claimed that the eastern Kosi embankment, which was breached in 2008 causing a severe flood in five districts of northern Bihar, was safe. “The embankment has been strengthened and breach repair work completed,” said an official.In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi river breached banks upstream in Nepal and changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in Bihar in the last 50 years.Also Read | Assam flood situation worsens, Army called inAlso Read | Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img

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