Bihar floods: 119 people have been killed while nearly one crore people have been affected by the Bihar floods so far, reported IANS citing an official on Friday afternoon. According to the report, a Bihar disaster management department official revealed that so far over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been affected by the floods. The water has washed away thousands of huts, damaged buildings, roads, bridges and standing crops worth crores as well as affected Railways services not just in the state but also towards the Northeast. The official added that 408,903 people have been evacuated to safer places by the Army, NDRF, SDRF and other rescue teams in the last four days. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also took an aerial survey of the affected regions. Train services continued to be affected due to the calamity. While the rescue operations are underway, many horrifying videos have emerged from Bihar that would give any living soul the shivers – the extent to which havoc has been wreaked is unimaginable. Here is a look at some truly terrifying footage:
1. “So far 119 people have died in the floods,” the official said, but unconfirmed reports put death toll at 150. Araria district has been hit the most with 23 deaths reported so far.
2. The second worst hit district is Sitamarhi with 12 deaths followed by Kishanganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Supaul with 11 deaths each.
3. In Madhubani, seven deaths were reported, followed by Madhepura and Purnea districts where the toll was five each. The toll in Darbhanga and Saharsa districts was four each, while that in Gopalganj and Khagaria was three each.
4. Over 60 lakh people were affected in Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea, Katihar, East and West Champaran districts combined in the last three days.
5. Yesterday, PTI revealed that so far 2.74 lakh people have been evacuated and taken to safer places. Out of them, 1.16 lakh have been put up in 504 relief camps in different places.
6. As far as rescue operations are concerned, community kitchens have been started for victims in the marooned areas and these are also available in hotels, Anganwadi Kendras and railway stations in Katihar district are being used for running community kitchens, the principal secretary to the disaster management department, Pratyay Amrit said.
7. Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai has contributed Rs 11 lakh on behalf of the party to the chief minister’s relief fund.
The situation in the state has been so bad that a woman had to deliver a baby on-board an NDRF rescue boat in Madhubani district on August 16. ANI reported that both mother and son were doing fine.