India – 7 rivers exceed dangerous mark in Bihar, floods affect more than 250,000 people

The Disaster Management Division (DMD) in India reported August 11 that more than 250,000 people in the eastern state of Bihar have been affected by floods in the past few days. Water levels in the state’s seven rivers, including the Ganges, have exceeded the danger mark in 15 places.

As of August 10, 252,000 people were affected in 125 villages in five districts, according to the DMD. The situation has worsened after heavy rainfall in recent days, and more is expected.

As of August 11, water levels in rivers exceeded the danger mark in Vaishali, Katihar, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Jehanabad, Khagariya and Gopalganj districts.

Nitish Kumar, Bihar’s chief minister, conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas on August 11, 2021, and directed officials to step up rescue operations in 12 affected areas.

The Central Water Commission of India reported that water levels in 7 rivers in the state exceeded the danger mark in 15 locations, including Gandak near Lalganj in Vaishali; Kosi near Kursela in Kathihar; Bagmati near Benibad in Muzaffarpur; and Poonpun near Sripalpur in Patna.

Meanwhile, the water level in the Ganges has exceeded the danger mark at Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur District; Dighagata, Gandhigata and Hathida in Patna; and at Buxar in Buxar District.

The Ganges is also flooding areas upstream in Uttar Pradesh, most recently the ancient city of Varanasi, considered the spiritual capital of India. As of August 11, the water level in the Ganges near Varanasi was 72.08 meters and rising. The danger mark here is 71.262 meters, and the record high is 73.901 meters, set in 1978.

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