The districts of Bihar situated on the banks of the Ganga have been put on alert as the Central Water Commission today warned Ganga basin districts that it may witness a rise in water level for next one to five days.
Due to the increase in the water level of the Ganga, waters have reportedly entered into the riverine areas of the districts like Patna, Buxar, Bhojpur, Munger, Saran, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Samastipur, a Disaster Management Department statement said.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, already pre-positioned in Patna, Vaishali and Gopalganj, have been put on alert while State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been put on alert in Patna and Bhagalpur, it said.
Ganga and four other rivers — Punpun, Ghaghra, Kosi and Burhi Gandak — are flowing above danger mark in Patna, Bhagalpur and Buxar districts, the statement said.
All the District Magistrates have been directed to ply sufficient numbers of boats for ferrying flood affected people to safer places besides opening and running relief camps.
DMs have also been asked to depute mobile medical team along with ‘halogen’ tablets for purification of drinking water and other materials in flood affected areas.
Boats are being ferried to ferry people from flood affected areas of Bhojpur, Khagaria, Buxar, Vaishali and Samastipur but DMs have been asked to strictly ensure that no boat ply after 5:30 PM, the statement said.
A flood which had engulfed 14 districts earlier mainly due to excessive rains in terai region of Nepal resulting in death of nearly 100 persons, had subsided and for the past four days no district was officially under flood.