19 more deaths recorded, Bihar flood toll rises to 198
With 19 more deaths, the toll in Bihar floods on Saturday went upto 198, even as the water levels of swollen Ganga started receding at many places in the state, except in Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district where the river is flowing above danger mark. The 19 fresh deaths were reported from five districts.
Patna accounted for the maximum 10 deaths, followed by Saran six, and one each in Lakhisarai, Samastipur and Begusarai, a Disaster Management Department statement said. The flood has been caused mainly by swollen Ganga apart from other rain-fed rivers like Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and has affected 41.90 lakh people in 2,179 villages of 12 districts. A total of 6.96 lakh people have been evacuated from the 12 districts — Buxar, Bhojpur, Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Begusarai, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, it said.