As flood situation in Bihar worsens, lives of people in the areas concerned have been hit very badly and for some it has turned truly tragic. A horrific video surfaced that showed a bridge collapse in Araria district even as people in small groups raced to cross it to get to the other side. In the video that was shot by some local people captured three persons, including a child, fall into the river as the bridge feel apart under their feet – they were feared drowned when the bridge gave away. In the video posted by ANI, it can be seen that as the surging water flowed fast under the river, the bridge collapsed as its foundation gave way and it carried away the family. While three persons were swept away by flood, the shocked onlookers made the video that has now gone viral on various social media platforms. The flood in Bihar has damaged roads, bridges, embankments and other infrastructure.
As of now the death toll mounted to 119 due to the deluge, which has affected nearly 98 lakh people in 16 districts, reported PTI. Anirudh Kumar who is the special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department told that as of now, Araria district accounted for 23 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (12), Kisanganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Supual (11 each), Madhubani and Katihar (7 each), Madhepura and Purnea (5 each), Darbhanga and Saharsa (4 each), Gopalganj and Khagaria (3 each) and Sheohar (2).
A toll-free number ‘104’ has been launched by the health department to provide information on floods. Food packets are being airdropped in inundated areas, while in places where flood waters have receded they are being supplied through panchayats.