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Flood threat looms in Gopalganj,Chhapra

Bihar government sounded red alert in Gopalganj and Chhapra after Gandak breached Saran embankment by 10 feet on Thursday afternoon.

Written by Express News Service | Patna | Published: September 17, 2010 2:49:13 am

Bihar government sounded red alert in Gopalganj and Chhapra after Gandak breached Saran embankment by 10 feet on Thursday afternoon. The stand-by embankment running to the breach point,however,is still intact.

Even though over 3,000 workers have been trying to save the second embankment — breach of which can cause floods in over 200 Gopalganj and Chhapra villages — an alert has been sounded in Barauli and Baikunthpur in Gopalganj,Goriakothi and Basantpur of Siwan and Mashrakh and Baniapur of Chhapra. Eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to the districts to deal with any eventuality.

Disaster Management Minister Devesh Chandra Thakur said: “The government has been trying its best to save the second embankment. People of adjoining villages have been asked to stay at higher buildings. Flood relief materials have been sent to several villages.”

Disaster Management Principal Secretary Vyasji Mishra said incessant rains had caused additional discharge of two lakh cusecs of water in Gandak,increasing pressure on the banks. “There is no reason to panic as cover-up bank is intact and is being strengthened with sand and soil bags on war footing,” said Vyasji.

Gopalganj sub-divisional magistrate Rajiv Ranjan,who was on the spot,said the breach took place in the embankment between Batardeh and Salehpur in Baraulu block. He said the embankment had been withstanding pressure for the last four days.

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