Flood fury continues in Bihar; CM wants dismantling of Farakka Barrage


Bihar flood (1)

With the rising of water in river Ganga, the threat to the lives of people affected by flood in Bihar still persists. According to reports from the State Disaster Management, 28 people have lost their lives till now. Patna is still in danger.

The devastating flood caused by heavy rains in the catchment areas of the rivers meandering through Bihar have affected 33.3 lakh people of 1866 villages under the 59 blocks in 12 districts. Twenty-one teams of the NDRF have been pressed into the rescue operation.

The data issued by the flood cell of the Water Resources department says that the discharge of water at Indrapuri Barrage on river Sone is constantly increasing, registering a rise of over one lakh cusec in the last 24 hours. Also, the upsurge in the North Koel River in Jharkhand is further contributing to the swell of Ganga.’

Bihar floodIn the meantime, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has also predicted that the level of river Ganga would increase by 11cm in some areas of the state. Nagendra Nath Shanker, an official of the CWC while speaking to a media person admitted that problem may increase in coming days. “Water in Allahabad which has started moving the lines also will escalate the problem to the people living in catchment areas of Ganga,’ he said.

Meanwhile, on the request of the chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar, the centre has agreed to send a team of experts who will work on finding out a permanent solution of floods.

Kumar, though, has suggested the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to consider seriously on dismantling the Farakka barrage in West Bengal to save the state from the perennial flood danger. Even environment experts agree with the CM’s assertion that the heavy siltation of about 20 lakh tones in the lower reaches of the barrage has been causing the flood.