Updated: August 18, 2021 9:53:21 am
An alert was sounded for extreme flooding in villages along the Ganga river. The stretch of Ganga river in Simariya inundated villages, forcing people to shift on roads.
Villagers say flooding in Ganga is an annual affair, and that the situation worsens when Nepal releases water.
People have been forced to abandon their houses and move to safer areas.
Priya Singh, a student of class X in Rajdiri said, “We tried going to school after floods but it was a failed attempt. Our school had been severely flooded. The road towards the school has many potholes. Due to fear of drowning we avoid going anywhere now.”
Villagers used boats to move to safer areas along with their cattle.
Bhushan Singh, a farmer in Simariya, says, “We lost 11 cows due to fungal infection caused by the water.”
“Phones are now mostly out of charge and it is tough to contact for help or to give updates to relatives, as only some of us have solar chargers,” said Balmiki Kumar, a farmer. “Some of the children who had access to online classes have lost their access as well. It is a helpless situation to deal with every year,” he added.
The Bihar government is planning to use floodwater to meet the shortage of water in Rajgir and Bodhgaya, both places of pilgrimage.
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