The Main road link between Bihar and The Northeast has been blocked Since August 14 evening. An approach road to a bridge over the river Mahanands along NH-31 which is the link between Punera to Kishanganj is under water now. Also, no train has managed to travel between Guwahati and New Delhi via Bihar, as most of the tracks are under 2-3ft of water. In fact, most trains to the northeast have terminated at Katihar. Trucks are standing on the either side of the road up to 20 Km. One bridge on NH-31 has been kept open for the accommodation of displaced people, where reliefs camps were not set up yet. The current is too fast to allow the rebuilding of the affected road, reports say.The people in many areas in villages are being forced to stay on the highway. Rajendra Singh bicycle owner at Baisi said government help has just started pouring in. Truck drivers Manoj Kumar Giri and Deep Chand Sharma are stuck at Gulab Bagh of Punera carrying a consignment of Apples from Shimla to Siliguri and according to the latter, “It has been two days.We had started from Shimla on August 12 but we don’t know when we will reach Siliguri.” Behind him are lined up at least 15 trucks, which are all full of apples.
We had started from Shimla on August 12 but we don’t know when we will reach Siliguri.” Behind him are lined up at least 15 trucks, which are all full of apples. Another truck driver and a Gorakhpur resident, Harendra Yadav said The Indian Express, “If we are stuck here for a few more days, we will have to sell the apples at any price in local markets.” Punera’s entry point Gulab Bagh has been packed with trucks for last two days with movement possible only along one way out of Punera towards Ariria and Katihar – Mahananda has breached its banks at Pranpur and flooded at least 10 blocks. The route between Punera and Khagaria is quite dangerous at the moment. Katihar resident Ritu Singh said The Indian Express, “From last three days some of my relatives are trapped in parts of Kishanganj. Government help didn’t reach them yet. Some Muslim neighbours helping them in the crisis.
66 lakh people in13 districts of Bihar have been affected by the flood, As per the figures of Disaster management. So far 56 people have lost their lives in a flood related accident. Araria has the maximum casualties, 25, with 20 bodies have been taken out from Jogbani canal in last three days, as per reports. West Champaran has also reported 17 deaths. Punera’s Seemanchal districts of Araria, Kishanganj, and Katihar, Parman and Bakra in flood due to continuous rains over last week and on the other hand Nepal releasing extra water. In Kishanganj, at least 400 villages are flooded.