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Tuesday, October 07, 2003

No let-up in Bihar floods Toll mounts to 153

PATNA: Bihar continued to reel under the fury of unrelenting floods with seven more deaths reported from Patna and Saran districts taking the death toll to 153 even as army alongwith civil authorities stepped up relief operations in the inundated areas today.

While two persons drowned in the raging Ganga at Hetanpur in the riverine belt of Danapur sub-division of Patna district yesterday, three others died of snake bite in flood-hit Saidpur of Saran district on the same day, official sources said.

Two others had drowned in the Ganga in Sonepur block of Saran district yesterday, the sources said.

An additional column of army arrived from Allahabad and was rushed to flood-hit areas of Chapra and Sonepur in Saran district along with army personnel from Danapur cantonment, Brigadier Harendra Mohan told newsmen.

The airdropping of food packets by army was continuing for the second day today in the riverine belts of Danapur and Mane of Patna district, he said.

Brigadier Mohan said an army column from Ramgarh cantonment in Jharkahnd that had gone to Orissa for flood relief was being called to Bihar to be sent to the flood-affected areas of Munger district.

A Chapra report said with flood waters overtopping the tracks, train services on the Chapra-Varanasi section have been disrupt- ed. Railway traffic was also affected on the Darbhanga-Nirmali section of the East Central Railway (ECR), a railway spokesman said.

A Bhagalpur report said over 100 villages of Gopalpur, Ismailpur, Naughachia, Pirpaiti, Sabaur and Nathnath blocks were inundated with flood water.

Due to disruption of vehicular traffic, Bhagalpur District Magistrate KP Ramiah had to travel by train to Pirpaiti yesterday to take stock of the flood situation, the report said quoting official sources.

In Patna, the district administration started pumping out waters at Dujra, Digha, Patliputra and other lowlying areas of the state capital, sources in the Flood Control Office said.

A Central Water Commission communique today said river Ganga was flowing above danger mark by 60 cm, 83 cm, 146 cm, 96 cm, 35 cm, 163 cm and 193 cm at Buxar, Digha, Gandhi Ghat (both in Patna), Hatidah, Bhagalpur, Kahalgoan and Farraka respectively.

River Sone was flowing above danger mark at Koilwar and Maner by 34 cm and 114 cm respectively, the bulletin said.

Ghaghra river was flowing above red mark at Gangpursiswan and Chapra by 39 cm and 40 cm, while Gandak was flowing six cm above the danger mark at Hajipur, the bulletin said.

Water levels of river Punpun and Bagmati is expected to recede by 24 cm and 14 cm at Sripalpur and Benibad respectively, the bulletin said.

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