Bihar Flood Deaths Increase To 440; Narendra Modi Conduct Aerial Survey, Offer Relief Package

PATNA: In a quite disappointing news, deaths mounted to 440 in the devastating floods in Bihar where 1.71 crore people have been affected in 19 districts, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an immediate relief of Rs. 500 crore.

Before announcing relief, Modi did an aerial survey of four flood-hit districts of Araria, Kisanganj, Katihar and Purnea. Also present at the time of aerial survey was Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.

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The only positive thing that is coming out is that flood waters, however, receded in number of places, prompting many to return to their homes. Furthermore, the number of relief camps have also been dipped to 262, in which 1.65 lakh people were staying, a release by the disaster management department said.

Point to be noted here is that Araria district alone accounted for 95 deaths followed by Sitamarhi 46, Katihar 40, West Champaran 36, East Champaran 32, Darbhanga 30, Madhubani 28, Madhepura 25, Kishanganj 24, Gopalganj 20, Supual 16, Purnea 9, Muzaffarpur 9, Saharsa 8, Khagaria 8, Saran 7, Sheohar 5 and Samastipur 2.

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No deaths were reported from Siwan. In terms of figures, a total of 2.74 lakh people were being served food at 1,114 community kitchens operational in the marooned areas of the state, the release said.

On the other hand, twenty-eight National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams consisting of 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are taking part in rescue and relief operations, it said.

Keeping aside the NDRF, 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force including 466 personnel are playing a pivotal role in assisting people in the flood-hit areas with 92 boats.

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Another important thing to note is that a total of 630 Army personnel in seven teams are assisting in relief and rescue operations with 70 boats, the release added.

The PM Narendra Modi arrived at Purnea this morning and conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas. He announced Rs. 500 crore as immediate relief for the state besides Rs. 2 lakh each to the kin of those who died in the deluge.

Meanwhile, the state weather office has forecast rain in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea tomorrow.

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