Bihar floods: 97 dead, 6 rivers still in spate

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21st July, 2019 11:43:30 printer

Bihar floods: 97 dead, 6 rivers still in spate

Flood toll jumps to 97, six rivers still in spate


The flood toll in state touched 97 on Saturday with the disaster management department (DMD) confirming five more deaths.

Twenty-seven people have so far died in Sitamarhi, 18 in Madhubani, 12 in Araria, 10 each in Sheohar and Darbhanga, nine in Purnia, five in Kishanganj, three in Supaul, two in East Champaran and one in Saharsa.

The number of people affected by the floods also increased from 66,76,288 on Friday to 69,27,350 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, authorities in Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi on Saturday ordered closure of all government and private schools in flood-affected areas of the districts till July 25.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi held a high level meeting with Sitamarhi incharge minister Suresh Kumar Sharma, MP Sunil Kumar Pintu, MLC Devesh Chandra Thakur, MLAs, district level office-bearers of political parties, senior officials and disaster management experts at Dumra collectorate in Sitamarhi to take stock of flood situation.

He said roads damaged at around 300 places in the district would be repaired in 10 days by the road construction and rural works departments. Modi said health minister Mangal Pandey has assured deputation of 20 government doctors from other districts in Sitamarhi.

Muzaffarpur DM Alok Ranjan Ghosh imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the flood-affected areas of the district. The DM also ordered to closure of all government and private schools in blocks either partially or completely affected by floods, reports Times of India.