Rivers over red mark in UP, Bihar

Since June, over 110 people have died of flood-related causes in Bihar.

By: Express News Service | Newdelhi/patna | Published: August 23, 2016 1:23:13 am
water management, paradigm shift, reform panel,  Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, manage water, mihir shah, cwc, cgwb, national water commission, indian express news, india news Bihar had 16 NDRF teams besides 40 state disaster management teams, while UP had 11 NDRF teams. (Source: PTI)

The ganga, other rivers and several tributaries have started to flow over the danger mark in a dozen districts of Bihar, including Patna, as well as in Allahabad, Varanasi, Ghazipur and other parts of UP. In Bihar, low-lying areas have been inundated following discharge of extra water from MP, UP and Jharkhand in the last four days. The Patna district administration has shut schools near the bank for Monday and Tuesday.

Since June, over 110 people have died of flood-related causes in Bihar.

On Monday night, the Centre rushed 10 NDRF teams to flood-hit areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Until then, 56 flood rescue teams of NDRF had already been deployed in a number of affected states to assist the respective state administrations in rescue and relief work. Bihar had 16 NDRF teams besides 40 state disaster management teams, while UP had 11 NDRF teams.

So far, NDRF teams have evacuated more than 26,400 people in various flood-hit areas of the country during this monsoon season. In addition to rescue work, NDRF teams have provided medical care to more than 9,100 people.

In a series of tweets Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured central cooperation in the flood mitigation drive launched by UP, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

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