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Tuesday , 22 January 2019
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Death toll in Bihar floods rises to 153; more than 1 crore people affected

It appears that the political changes in Bihar have attracted the wrath of the rain Gods. The floods in Bihar are simply refusing to abate and the death toll has now reached 153. As per estimates, more than 1 crore people across 17 districts are said to be affected by the floods. 30 deaths have been reported in Araria district, 23 in West Champaran, 13 in Sitamarhi, 8 in Madhubani, and 7 in Katihar. Around 11 deaths each have been reported from Kisanganj, East Champaran and Supual and 9 deaths each in Purnea and Madhepura. Many other deaths were reported from other districts as well such as Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Saharsa, Khagaria, Sheohar, Saran, and Muzaffarpur.

According to Special Secretary in the Disaster Management Department, Anirudh Kumar, approximately 1.08 crore people have been affected by floods in 17 districts. The Army and Engineer Task Force (ETF) along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are involved in relief and rescue operations. The administration is gearing up for more relief and rescue operations, as more rains have been forecast in the next few days. Food packets are currently being dropped to help the people stranded in floods. Many political leaders have pledged their salaries to the CM relief fund to help the people affected by floods. Rail and road services have been affected due to the massive flooding in Bihar. Many trains have been cancelled and several have cut short their journeys.

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