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Flood threat looms large over Patna as swollen Ganga goes berserk


PATNA: Flood fears have come to haunt Patna with water level in Ganga which flows by this city rising alarmingly and authorities say this will continue in the next five days.

The problem got created following a heavy discharge of over 1.1 million cusecs of water into Sone river from Indrapuri barrage which ultimately led water level rise in Ganga.

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Another 500,000 cusecs of water has been discharged into Sone from Bansagar dam in Madhya Pradesh.

A swollen Ganga has now flooded many areas in Patna, Buxur, Bhojpur, Munger, Saran, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Samastipur.

The flood threats also loom large over Patna with water level in Ganga rising by four CM per hour and the disaster management department authorities predicting rise in water level in the next few days.

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“We have placed army on alert and also kept choppers on standby,” disaster management department secretary Vyajji told the media today.

Keeping in view the flood threats, authorities have sealed all the drain outlets which pump water into Ganga and are keeping a vigil over the situation.

“There is no immediate flood threat to Patna but we need to be on alert,” said Patna district magistrate Sanjau Agarwal.

Reports said the Ganga water is slowly entering low-lying areas of the state capital, robbing off sleep of the general residents.

Image Caption: A swollen Ganga near Gandhi ghat in Patna on Saturday

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