India – Bihar Floods Death Toll Rises to 253, Almost 700,000 Displaced

The flood situation in the state of Bihar, India, worsened over the weekend when a further 51 deaths were reported.

Aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Purnia, Bihar, 14 August 2017.

The recent fatalities bring the death toll to 253 in the state since flooding first began after a period of heavy rain from 10 August.

Almost 7,000 villages in 20 districts (of 38 in total) have now been affected, according to Bihar’s Disaster Management Department.

Below is a list of districts affected by flooding, plus the number of deaths in each:

Purnia (9), Nalanda, Patna, Supaul (13), Kishanganj (11), Katihar (23), Araria (57), East Champaran (19), West Champaran (29), Madhubani (13), Madhepura (13), Sitamarhi (31), Darbhanga (10), Sheohar (4), Muzaffarpur (4), Gopalganj (8), Saharsa (4), Khagaria (3), Saran (2), Samastipur.

A total of 19,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and 696,811 people displaced, including 70,000 in the last 2 days.

Authorities have set up 1,358 relief camps, currently housing 422,106 people.

As of 20 August, the Flood Monitoring Cell of the Water Resources Department, Government of Bihar, reported that rivers are above danger levels in 14 different locations, including the Kosi river at Kursela, Katihar district, the Mahananda river at Dhengraghat, Purnia and the Gandak at Dumariaghat, Gopalganj district.

The government of Bihar is calling for donations to help all those affected by the flooding.

Map of Bihar Floods, August 2017

Below is a map showing the flooded areas (in darker blue) in Bihar, as of 17 August 2017. The map is provided by the Flood Monitoring Cell of the Water Resources Department, Government of Bihar.

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 11, 2017
Event
Bihar, India, August to September 2017
Date
August 10, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Kishanganj
B - Araria
C - Katihar
D - Darbhanga
E - Madhubani
F - Sitamarhi
G - Madhepura
H - Sheohar
I - West Champaran
J - East Champaran
K - Purnia

Magnitude

Rainfall level
218.8 mm in 24 hours
Lakshmipur, Jamui - August 10 to August 10, 2017
Rainfall level
158 mm in 24 hours
Gaunaha, West Champaran - August 10 to August 10, 2017
Rainfall level
163.8 mm in 24 hours
Sahdai Buzurg, Vaishali - August 11 to August 11, 2017
Rainfall level
163.2 mm in 24 hours
Rosera, Samastipur - August 11 to August 11, 2017
Rainfall level
140.2 mm in 24 hours
Narpatganj, Araria - August 11 to August 11, 2017
Rainfall level
342.2 mm in 24 hours
Dighalbank, Kishanganj - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
324.4 mm in 24 hours
Bahadurganj, Kishanganj - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
320.2 mm in 24 hours
Pothiya, Kishanganj - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
280.6 mm in 24 hours
Kochadhaman, Kishanganj - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
275.2 mm in 24 hours
Kishanganj (city), Kishanganj - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
245.4 mm in 24 hours
Parihar, Sitamarhi - August 12 to August 12, 2017
Rainfall level
454 mm in 24 hours
Basantpur, Supaul - August 13 to August 13, 2017
Rainfall level
317 mm in 24 hours
Keoti, Darbhanga - August 13 to August 13, 2017
River level
63.22 metres
Gandak at Dumariaghat, Gopalganj - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
34.07 metres
Mahananda river at Jhawa in Katihar district - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
38.08 metres
ahananda at Dhengraghat, Purnia - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
49.55 metres
Bagmati at Benibad, Muzaffarpur - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
49.01 metres
Kosi river at Basua in Supaul - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
35.72 metres
Kosi river at Baltara, Khangaria - August 14 to August 14, 2017
River level
63.04 metres
Gandak at Dumariaghat, Gopalganj - August 20 to August 20, 2017
River level
35.67 metres
Mahananda river at Dhengraghat, Purnia - August 20 to August 20, 2017
River level
30.26 metres
Kosi river at Kursela, Katihar district - August 20 to August 20, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
696,811
August 10 to August 21, 2017
422,106 were still in relief camps as of 06 September
Fatalities
514 people
August 10 to September 6, 2017
Buildings destroyed
24,350
August 10 to September 6, 2017
Figures according to Bihar’s Disaster Management Department. Figures include huts and small dwellings.

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