Flooding killed two more in Bihar on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 13, while the number of people affected by the calamity approached 50 lakh as the waters of overflowing rivers reached cool areas of the northern part of the state.
According to the bulletin published by the State Disaster Management, two new casualties were reported in Muzaffarpur district. Earlier, Darbhanga and West Champaran had reported seven and four deaths, respectively.
The number of people affected by the floods in 14 districts stood at 49.05 lakhs, compared to 45.39 lakhs on Friday.
The number of affected panchayats also rose to 1,043 from 1,012 the day before.
According to the department, the state has received a total average rainfall of 768.5 mm since the start of the monsoon, or 46% above normal.
This has led to a rise in the water levels of most of the rivers that flow through the state, especially those originating in Nepal and crisscrossing the northern districts, known to bring huge silt deposits.
More than a quarter of the affected population resides in the three adjacent districts of East Champaran, Gopalganj and Saran, which are all in the Gandak basin, named after the river that enters Bihar from Nepal through the remote district. from West Champaran.
Other rivers that flowed above danger levels at various locations include Koshi, Budhi Gandak, Kamla, Bagmati, and Adhwara. Besides these districts, those which have been ravaged by the flood so far are Khagaria, Kishanganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Sheohar, Siwan and Samastipur.
Sixteen cattle have also been killed in the floods so far, according to the bulletin.
Relief and rescue operations are in full swing with 29 NDRF and SDRF teams commissioned.
The number of people evacuated to date was 3.92 lakh, an addition of around 16,000 since the previous day.
However, only 26,732 people found refuge in 19 relief camps. Social distancing measures and other precautions against the COVID 19 pandemic were being ensured in camps and community kitchens set up for flood victims.
Almost 9 lakh were fed in 1,340 community kitchens, which are operating in 11 of the affected districts.