Patna: As the flood situation in Bihar worsen the death toll rose to 11 and nearly 40 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, the state disaster management department said on Wednesday.

Three casualties were reported from Darbhanga district taking the total number of fatalities to seven, the remaining four deaths have been reported from West Champaran. The number of people affected by the floods has now reached 38,47,531, a jump of nearly 10 lakh since the previous day.

Nearly a thousand villages across 14 affected districts have been hit by the deluge. The most effected districts include East Champaran, Gopalganj, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Khagaria and Samastipur.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the state received an average total rainfall of 22 mm, which was 89 per cent in excess of normal. The heaviest downpour were witnessed in flood-hit districts like East Champaran, Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi where the volume of rainfall was stated to be more than 300 per cent above normal, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue efforts are being carried out in full swing with NDRF and SDRF teams on the spot, equipped with 1,500 boats, being pressed into service.

Vijay Sinha, commandant of the 9th battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, “Our 22 teams have rescued more than 7,700 people and hundreds of cattle. Rescue operations are being conducted amid strict adherence to norms in place for the prevention of spread of COVID-19.”

He also said in addition to routine operations, NDRF personnel were also offering their services for bringing life back to normalcy. In Darbhanga’s Bahadurpur block, NDRF men were engaged in helping restoration of power supply.

Also, the IAF helicopters are providing assistance  by air-dropping relief materials in effected areas.

The disaster management department has put the total number of people evacuated at 3.09 lakh. Out of them, more than 25,000 people have been put up at 19 relief camps, besides as many as 989 community kitchen has been set up which caters to 5.71 lakh people.

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