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Nitish to Meet PM as flood situation worsen in Bihar

More than five lakh people have been affected and over 2 lakh people have lost their homes in the state

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Publish Date: Aug 23 2016 10:34AM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2016 12:30PM

Nitish to Meet PM as flood situation worsen in Bihar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the flood situation worsened in the state. More than five lakh people have been affected by the flood and over 2 lakh people have reportedly lost their homes.


However, in the flood-ravaged Bihar, water of river Sone and Ganga is receding but both continue to flow above danger mark in almost all the twelve flood-affected districts. At least 19 people have lost their life in the last three days.


The Centre on Monday night rushed 10 NDRF teams to flood-hit areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in order to launch massive relief and rescue operations. "These fresh teams will be launched into operation by early on Tuesday," a senior official said.


The NDRF teams would be equipped with boats and essential items like medicines and food. "So far, we have evacuated more than 26,400 people from various flood-prone areas in the country. Besides the rescue work, teams have provided medical care too," the NDRF said.


In Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad, schools have been shut for two days due to floods; people are taking shelter in relief camps. Both Ganga and Yamuna have crossed the danger mark by more than a metre and water levels in both the rivers are steadily rising.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday promised centre's total support to five flood-hit states in rescue and relief operations. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, also spoke to chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to take stock of the situation.