Bihar flood toll mounts to 379, Nitish visits flood-hit areas – Press Trust of India

21:10 HRS IST

Patna, Aug 24 (PTI) The toll in Bihar flood today rose to
379 with 12 more deaths, even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
visited East Champaran district of the state.

The flood toll stood at 367 till yesterday in the state.

Over 1.61 crore people have been hit by the deluge in 19
districts of the state.

With water receding in some places, many people have
returned to their homes and the number of relief camps dropped
to 624 in which 1.56 lakh people were staying, Special
Secretary in state disaster management department Anirudh
Kumar said.

Araria district alone accounted for 80 deaths, followed
by Sitamarhi (43), West Champaran (36), Katihar (35),
Madhubani (25), Kisanganj (24), Darbhanga (22), Madhepura
(21), East Champaran and Gopalganj (19 each), Supual (16),
Purnea (9), Khagaria, Saran and Muzaffarpur (7 each), Sheohar
and Saharsa (4 each) and Samastipur district (1).

A total of 3.44 lakh people had food in 1,565 community
kitchens operational in marooned areas of Bihar, the special
secretary said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today visited the flood-hit
areas of East Champaran district.

Kumar inspected community kitchens in Sugauli, Motihari
and Sugaon in the district, an official statement said.

The chief minister took feed back from people having meal
from the community kitchens regarding quality of food.

He also inspected health camps and camps for animals.

Kumar also visited Lumbini bhawan in Motihari to inspect
quality of food packets prepared for distribution among
families battling the splurge.

Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Principal
Secretary Disaster Management department Pratyay Amrit were
present with the chief minister.

The state weather office has forecast generally cloudy
sky with a few spells of rain or thundershower at some places
in the state tomorrow.

It also issued a warning of thundershower accompanied by
lightning in one or two places in the state tomorrow.

The BJP legislators and ministers handed over cheque of
their salary for flood relief purposes to Deputy Chief
Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Modi had yesterday announced that all BJP legislators
will donate at least one month’s salary of about Rs 30,000 for
flood relief while BJP ministers would contribute at least
three months’ salary of around Rs one lakh.

The legislative Assembly and the legislative Council saw
spat between opposition RJD-Congress-CPI-ML and treasury bench
comprising Legislators of the JD(U) and BJP over flood in the
state.

Both the Houses saw adjournment following din over flood
and relief works being carried for victims.

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