Bihar floods: 119 dead; bridge collapse caught on camera
Patna: The flooding situation in Bihar worsened on Thursday as the death toll had risen to 119 due to flooding, which affected almost 98 lakh people in 16 districts, forcing the postponement of the review and cancellation of trains.
A video taken by some locals caught three people trapped in the floods that fall into a river that flows after a collapsed bridge in the Araria district.
The first video shows the river ripped a huge tree and won with the current and then destroyed the bridge used by locals to cross the river.
The number of victims due to floods caused by rains in Nepal and the northern part of the state was 72 on Wednesday and 73.44 lakh were affected in 14 districts.
Districts Saharsa and Khagaria were the last to be affected during the day, said the special secretary of the department of disaster management, Anirudh Kumar.
Araria district accounted for 23 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (12) Kisanganj, East Champaran, Champaran West and Supual (11 each), and Madhubani Katihar (7 each), and Madhepura Purnea (5 each), and Darbhanga Saharsa (4 each), and Gopalganj Khagaria (3 each) and Sheohar (2) said.
The Health Department has launched a toll-free “104” telephone number to provide information on floods, said director of health secretary R K Mahajan at the press conference. He was accompanied by the Chief Secretary of the State Department of Disaster Management, pratyay Amrit.
Although the Met Office has provided a rain shower in southern Bihar for a further week, there would be less precipitation in Nepal and the northern regions of Bihar.
Mahajan said the hospitals were designed to hold a sufficient reserve of injections against rabies and snakes.
Minister Nitish Kumar, accompanied by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and Secretary-General Anjani Kumar Singh, conducted an aerial reconnaissance of Gopalganj, Bagha, Bettiah in West Champaran and Raxual and Motihari in East Champaran.
The Minister said about the operation in case of flooding in the west of Champaran Heliport responsible Bettiah and inspected the place where food packages were prepared, according to an official statement.
Following the order of the Chief Minister, Sitamarhi district magistrates of Sheohar, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Champaran West and Champaran East also held aerial reconnaissance in their areas.
Amrit said 3.59 lakh people have been rescued to safer places. Of these, 2.13 lakh have been installed in 504 relief camps in different locations, while 1,112 canteens feed 3.19 lakh victims of flooding, he said.
Food packages are transported in flooded areas while in places where floods have receded, which are provided by the panchayat, the official said.
Amrit said 114 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) vessels, 92 from the SDR Forum and 70 from the military have been deployed for relief and relief work.
Mahajan said that “ship” ambulances are also used by the administration.