170 dead, 1.07 crore affected in Assam, Bihar floods

76.85 lakh and 30.55 lakh people have been affected in Bihar and Assam respectively

170 dead, 1.07 crore affected in Assam, Bihar floods A man rows a makeshift banana raft carrying children in flood-affected Gagalmari, east of Guwahati, Assam | AP

Floods in Bihar and Assam have claimed 170 lives till Monday with 1.07 crore people still reeling under the effect of the deluge in the two states.

With two more deaths in Muzaffarpur, the toll in Bihar flood climbed to 104. In Assam, the number of deaths touched 66 with two deaths being reported form Dhubri and Dhemaji districts.

In Bihar, 76.85 lakh people in 12 districts of the state have been hit by the calamity while in Assam 30.55 lakh people are grappling with the deluge.

In the northeastern state, the flood has also claimed the lives of 187 animals, including 16 rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park.

However, in another rhino habitat―the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary―not a single animal has died in the flood.

Altogether 96,890 displaced persons are sheltered in 757 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by district administrations, it said.

A total of 2,283 villages and 1.14 lakh hectare agricultural field are still inundated in the flood-hit districts.

The mighty Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat district and Dhubri district, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district and Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon district, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its evening bulletin said.

In Bihar, though the number of people affected by the flood has increased to 76.85 lakh, the number of relief camps and people taking shelter in camps besides the number of community kitchens has gone down as the water-level is receding, Disaster Management Department officials said.

The water-level is receding in the 12 flood-affected districts―Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Araria, Sheohar, Darbhanga, Purnea, Kishanganj, Supaul, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa and Katihar, they said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Bihar State Disaster Response Fund personnel, equipped with 125 boats, are engaged in relief and rescue operations.