India – Bihar Floods Leave 25 Dead, Over 7 Million Affected

As many as 25 people have now died in flooding in the state of Bihar in north eastern India.

Bihar Cheif minister, Nitish Kumar, conducted an aerial survey of flood affected areas of different districts and inspected the eastern embankment of River Kosi on 09 August. Photo: Government of Bihar

As of 13 August, 7.7 million people were affected by flooding across 16 districts of the state. Overall, 547,804 people have been evacuated during the floods. As of 13 August, 12,479 people were staying in relief camps.

Fatalities occurred in the districts of Darbhanga (11), Muzaffarpur (6), West Champaran (4), Saran (2) and Siwan (2).

Other affected districts include Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Gopalganj, East Champaran, Khagaria, Samastipur, Madhubani, Madhepura and Saharsa

Rivers including the Gandak and Kosi remain are above the danger mark in 13 locations across the state. However, according to CWC, all are showing a falling trend apart from the Ghagra in Siwan district and the Parman in Araria.

Flooding began in the state in mid July, initially affecting around 300,000 people. By late July, almost 1 million people in the state had been affected by the floods.

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