No let up in Bihar flood situation, 1.5 mn hit

Rivers like Kosi, Mahananda, Bagmati, Kamala balan and Adhwara group of rivers have crossed the danger level at different places along their course, Central Water Commission sources said.

Altogether 52 people have so far lost their lives in the floods thta have affected 11 districts-- West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Saharsa, Supaul, Kishanganj, Gopalganj and Katihar.

Standing crops and houses worth several crores of rupees have been destroyed in the floods, State Disaster Management department sources said.

The state authorities have undertaken relief and rescue operations with the help of over 1000 boats and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel.

Mostly foodgrains, candles, kerosene oil, polythene sheets and salt were being made available to the victims.

"All embankments in Bihar are safe and flood-fighting continues at places where the rivers are putting pressure on the embankments," state Water Resources department officials said.

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