Whilst South Bihar reels under the effects of a severe drought once again in North Bihar the floods are causing havoc. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to offer immediate assistance working closely with small and grass roots organisations. This has included medicines, clean water, blankets and food. This help is going directly to people in urgent and desperate need.
Please find below a report from IBN, an Indian news channel
Patna, Aug 31 (PTI) Around one million people continue to reel under the impact of recent floods in eight districts of Bihar where 39 people have so far died, while there is no let up in the situation with major rivers in the spate. According to Disaster Management Department Control room's bulletin issued today, the floods have so far claimed 39 lives during the past over one month. While 28 people met their watery grave as boats sank in rivers in different places in these flood-hit districts, 11 were drowned in the flash floods caused by swollen rivers, the bulletin said. Around one million people continued to reel under the impact of the floods in 462 villages spread over 193 panchayats in the districts of Gopalganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Muzaffarpur, Katihar, Madhubani, Purnia and West Champaran, official sources said. The authorities have as on date made available 6,613 quintals of rice/wheat, distributed cash worth Rs 25.03 lakh, match boxes numbering around 20,000, besides 12,705 metres of polythene sheets to the affected people in the districts, they said. The Central Water Commission sources said most rivers in Bihar were flowing above the danger level in various places along their course in Bihar. While Ganga was flowing 15 cm, 27 cm, 52 cm and 67 cm above the danger mark at Gandhighat, Kahalgaon, Sahebganj and Farakka respectively, Ghaghra's water level was 14 cm and 36 cm above the danger mark at Barauli and Bhangpursiswan. Similarly, Burhi Gandak was flowing 15 cm above the red mark at Khagaria, while Bagmati was flowing 79 cm above the danger level at Hayaghat and Kosi 38 cm, 120 cm and 48 cm above the danger mark at Basua, Baltara and Kursela districts in Bihar, the commission said.
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