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Bihar in the grip of severe floods

Special Correspondent

Several villages submerged, death toll rises to 17

— Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Flood havoc: Residents of a colony use a boat for transport in waterlogged Patna on Friday.

PATNA: Bihar is faced with one of its worst flood disasters in recent years with the skies showing no mercy, deluging villages and rendering millions homeless.

Following heavy rain for almost two weeks now, rivers are overflowing the banks one after the other. The Kamala Balan breached its embankments at two places in Darbhanga, engulfing over 40 villages on Friday. The district authorities have issued a red alert, directing the people to vacate their villages and take shelter on dry land.

The swollen Kosi has submerged dozens of villages in Supaul. People are seeking shelter on higher ground.

The Masan river in West Champaran district has flooded several villages in Bagha destroying houses. A girl was killed and three were injured in a house collapse at Bagha. Two persons were seriously injured when a vehicle fell off a bridge into the Jumhari river in Mohanpur block in Samastipur district.

A local dam in Gopalganj has come under pressure following the release of 2.54 lakh cusecs of water by Nepal into the Gandak river. The State capital has been reduced to a plateau with most of the villages of the district reeling under the impact of floods. The floods have destroyed paddy and thousands of houses in the State.

The death toll has risen to 17, including the 14 killed in a boat tragedy in Bhagalpur earlier in the week.

Prisoners in Nalanda district wade through or swim across the flood waters for being produced in court along with the escorting party each day.

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