88 more killed in Bihar, UP, Assam floods

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2017 10:53:56



Aug 20 (PTI)

Bihar floods toll rises to 253

West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief in the absence of major rainfall


FLOODS continued to wreakhavoc in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam which reported 88 more deluge-related death son Sunday, while West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief in the absence of major rainfall. The death toll in Bihar floods rose from 202 to 253. 1.26 crore people are grappling with the flooding in 18 districts of the State.

Till Saturday, the number of causalities was 202. Arariaaccountedfor 57 deaths, Sitamarhi 31,West Champaran 29, Katihar 23, East Champaran 19, a Disaster Management department release said. A total of 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the State, it said.

Meanwhile, four more persons losttheirlives inAssam and nearly 19 lakh people were suffering in 15 districts of the State. At present, 18.65 lakh people are affected in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Majuli districts.

Till Saturday, 22 lakh people were struggling with the latest spell of floods across 16 districts. The third wave of floods has claimed 67 lives so far in Assam. The total number of deaths in this year’s flood-relatedincidentshas gone upto 151.In Morigaon,which has been hit hardest, 5.21 lakh people have been marooned.

4.67lakh people are affected in Barpeta. Currently,1,493 villages are underwater and 1.15 lakh hectares of crop are aisinundated.Officials said 33 more deluge-related deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last two days.

The figure of flood casualties in the State now stands at 69. Over 20 lakh people have been marooned in 24 districts. Armychoppers, NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued relief and rescue operation sin the badly hit areas.

The release of water in the rivers emanating from Nepal and incessant rains impeded rescue work and evacuation of people to safer areas.

The situation has improved a lot in six flood-hit districts of north West Bengal as the rehas been no major rainfall over the past three days. There has been no report of any flood-relateddeaths inthelast24 hours,a senior official of theWest Bengal Disaster Management department said.