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Patna residents live in panic as Punpun’s water level rises alarmingly

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While several localities of Patna still remain flooded with rain waters, the rising water level of Punpun river in Patna has robbed off the sleep of the residents.

Officials said the water level of the river which flows by the southern part of the state capital has risen by 10 CM in the past 12 hours and the river is currently flowing three meters above the danger level.

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The flowing waters have over-topped the ring dam and have entered many villages and the neigbouring market, reports quoting villagers and the media said. Hapless villagers have fled their homes and have rushed for safer places.

Water resources minister Sanjay Jha told the media on Thursday that the rising water level is a matter of concern for them adding a team of 10 engineers has been deployed along the areas to keep a watch on the situation.

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Patna district magistrate Kumar Ravi said the administration was keeping a close vigil on the situation though the situation is currently under control.

Patna’s senior superintendent of police Garima Malik said they have intensified patrolling along the Patna’s Safety Dam as well as Ring Dam so that they remained safe in the event of any breach.

A report of the disaster management department said the Patna district received 207.6  mm of rains in between September 27 to September 29 whereas the Patna town alone received an average of 342.5 mm of rain during the same period.

The disaster management report said currently 21.45 lakh population settled in 959 villages across 15 districts are Bihar are reeling under flood.

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