Bihar: With Ganges River Overflowing, Increased Risk Of Flooding In Patna

There is a situation of deluge in half of the Bihar. On the other hand, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains till August 15 in a dozen districts.

Patna| The flood situation in Bihar is continuously deteriorating. The water in river Ganges is on rise, while other major rivers have also started to swell once again and are flowing much above the danger mark. There is a situation of deluge in half of the Bihar. On the other hand, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains till August 15 in a dozen districts.

In such a situation, there has been an atmosphere of fear in many areas of those districts. At the same time, the rivers of the state including Son, Punpun, Kosi are already flowing above the danger mark. It is predicted that if the rain does not stop, then their water level may increase further and the situation will worsen. Even on Friday, 11 rivers of the state are above the red mark. Ganga has made a new HFL by breaking the old record of water level in Hathidah.

Our reporter on ground talked to people who have been displaced because of the heavy flooding and have taken refuge in Patna, with whatever necessary things they could carry with them in boats. Some have even carried their cattle with them as water level continues to reach dangerous heights.

Many people have taken refuge in front of Patna University at the Gandhi ghat. The people have come from the other side of the Ganges,

One person who moved with his family to Patna, when asked what was the reason to shift with all necessary things, said, “Everything has been washed away.” He said there has been no help from the government in such grave times.

“Everything has been washed away, that’s why we have come here. There are some hundred people from my town, they all are stationed here,” he added.

Another person, who has come from Sabalpur district, complained about lack of help from the government. “We need food for us, as well as for the cattle. There is no facility to help us. We have spent the night like this.” He informed that there are some 300 people who have come from Sabalpur district.

An elderly person, who has also come from the same district, said they don’t even have water to drink. “We have been drinking water from the Ganges to survive here. There are no toilets. There are women from our families here. Where will they go?” He also mentioned that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the District magistrate visited the camp, and he remained hopeful that their problems will be solved.

“The government has given us food last evening. However, the problem of toilet and drinking water unavailability remains,” he added.

An elderly woman said they had to run with whatever things they could gather the last minute since the water had entered their homes. “We do not have anything to cook food. For last four days, our Mukhya (village chief) has been managing food for us,” she said.

“It happens every time there’s flooding. We have to rush here with our things. We go back home when the water levels go down. There has been no system to avoid this,” she added.

Another elderly woman, who has moved with her family and cattle, said: “We have come here 7 days ago. There was so much flooding that we had to leave fearing for our lives and lives of our cattle.”

Some women said that they have been getting food since yesterday and toilet and water tank has been built by the DM.

Flooding remains to be a major problem in Bihar. People get displaced from their villages during every monsoon season. However, there has been no permanet solution that’s been found by the various governments and people continue to suffer.


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