Bihar flood toll rises to 14

People wade through waterlogged streets, after heavy rains in Patna, on Monday. PTI

Three more people, two in Purnia and one in Darbhanga, drowned on Sunday taking the toll in the current spell of floods to 14, official sources said.

According to an official report, swirling waters affected scores of villages under Bahadurganj, Terhagachhi, Dighalbank, Kochadhaman, Bahadurganj, and Potahi in Kishanganj district.

More than 50 villages were affected by floods under Palasi, Jokihat, Araria, Forbesganj and Kursakata block in Araria district. Many villages were submerged in Banmankhi and Krityanandnagar blocks in Western Purnia by turbulent Kosi which was steadily eroding its embankment, the report said.

Swirling waters of the Adhwara group of rivers inundated the national highway near Khirma village in Keoti block, causing temporary suspension of vehicular traffic.

Meanwhile, around 7.5 lakh people continue to reel under flood with several rivers, including Mahananda, Kankai, Donk, Mecchi, Ratua, and Bakra, besides, Bagmati, Kamala Balan and Adhwara, submerging hundreds of villages in the districts of Purnia, Araria, Kishanganj, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Sitamarhi and Darbhanga, the sources said.

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