PM Modi to visit Bihar's flood-affected areas on Aug 26


The toll in Bihar rose to 341 and touched 82 in Uttar Pradesh.

The floods in Bihar has affected 18 districts of the state with around 7.61 lakh people shifted to safer areas.

Giving information about the Prime Minister's Bihar visit, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said the PM would undertake an aerial survey of flood-affected areas on Saturday. The river was, however, flowing 92cm above the danger level at Farakka in West Bengal and 68cm above the danger level at Sahebganj in Jharkhand, both Bihar's neighbouring states. As many as 2,688 villages are still inundated.

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The number of community kitchens have also been increased to serve food to the flood-hit people. On Wednesday, ANI tweeted out that river Rapti at Bansi in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh is now flowing in "high flood situation". Notably, Army choppers, NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued relief and rescue operations in the severely hit areas of the flood-affected districts.

A flood report said 43,602 people have take shelter in relief camps in the affected districts of eastern UP.

In Assam, the toll has now climbed to 70 with the death of three more people.

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The Brahmaputra river is still flowing above the danger mark at some places.

Modi's scheduled visit comes shortly at the heels of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's request to provide central help to the state to combat flood. A total of 31,519 people are put up at 94 relief centres. A report claimed that however, the water is receding from human habitation and agricultural fields, over 76,000 hectares of farmland with standing crop is still inundated in 12 districts.

The floods have killed more than 215 animals at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

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According to a road construction department a total 203 state highways and other roads under it were damaged in flood waters in different places out of which 95 per cent have been repaired and made motorable. Araria has reported the maximum 75 deaths followed by Kishanganj (23) in the floods since August 13.