Bihar on Flood Alert With Multiple Rivers Flowing at Severe Levels; Heavy Rains from August 7-9 May Worsen Situation
Parts of East India, especially the state of Bihar, are once again in for some intense monsoon activity, as heavy rains have been forecast over the region for the next four days.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), fairly widespread to widespread showers, along with isolated heavy falls, are likely over the East Indian states of Odisha and Jharkhand on Friday, August 6; and across Bihar from Saturday to Monday, August 7-9.
As per The Weather Channel’s met team, these conditions will be caused by the monsoon trough that expands from the low-pressure system over northwestern Madhya Pradesh, all the way to West Bengal and north Bay of Bengal.
The aforementioned low-pressure has been causing heavy rainfall over Central India since the start of this week. Moreover, the combination of this low-pressure and the monsoon trough will continue to bring moderate to locally heavy rains across Central and East India for the days to come.
In view of the above predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over Odisha and Jharkhand on Friday and Saturday, and over Bihar come Sunday and Monday. The advisory urges residents to ‘be aware’ of the local weather situation.
Flood threat looming over Bihar
The heavy downpours that have bombarded the neighbouring states of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh over this week have led to the swelling of small and big rivers in Bihar, effectively flooding several districts of south Bihar.
Parts of Patna, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya, Aurangabad and Rohtas districts have reportedly been affected by the deluge. The floodwaters have ruined crops, destroyed household belongings, and damaged embankments and roads.
The affected areas were aerially surveyed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday, after which he held a review meeting with the District Magistrates and instructed them to provide the necessary support to the impacted population without any delay.
Meanwhile, with more heavy rainfall on the horizon, the threat of more flooding looms large, especially considering multiple rivers across the state are already flowing above their normal levels.
As per the Central Water Commission’s update from Thursday, August 5, river Ghaghra in Siwan district, river Gandak in Gopalganj and Muzzafarpur, and Ganga in Patna, Munger and Bhagalpur, Sahebganj were all flowing in severe to above normal flood situation as of Thursday.
Similar severe to above normal flood situation was also observed in river Kosi in Khagaria, Supaul and Katihar districts, river Bagmati in Muzzafarpu, River Adhwara in Darbhanga, rivers Kamla and Kamlabalan in Madhubani, river Burhi Gandak in Khagaria and river Parman in Araria.
Moreover, the CWC has predicted that the inflow from the Yamuna and its tributaries will further increase the water level of the main Ganga stem in Bihar after five days.