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Deadly floods kill 25 people in Bihar, over One lakh take shelters in relief camps



PATNA: More than 1.16 lakh people have taken shelters at 199 relief camps in Bihar as floods have claimed lives of 25 people in the past one week.

A report issued by the disaster management department said floods have affected a total population of 25,71,600 (2.57 million) people settled in 12 districts of Bihar.

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The worst affected districts are Sitamarhi, Araria, Sheohar, east Champaran, Madhunani, Kishanganj, Supaul, Darbhnaga, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Katihar and Purnia.

However, the flood situation Sitamarhi remains more critical. Here 100,000 people have fled their homes and taken shelter in relief camps.

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The government has set up 676 community kitchens for the people suffering from floods while 26 companies of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the flooded districts to evacuate the marooned villagers.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today said the government was keeping a close eye on the situation and providing all reliefs to the affected villagers.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and initiated effective measure to contain floods,” the chief minister told the Bihar assembly on Tuesday adding he had directed the officials to launch rescue and relief works.

The chief minister said the flash flood was caused by the heavy rainfalls in catchement areas of Nepal.

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