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Ganga reaches danger level mark in many places in Bihar

PTI 22 Aug 2014, 20:10:46 PM IST
Patna: As the water level of the Ganga and many other rivers reached the danger level mark at many places in Bihar, the Water Resources Department (WRD) today cautioned about floods in the state.

WRD secretary Dipak Kumar Singh told PTI, “There is a need to remain watchful about floods till September 10 across the state because Ganga has reached danger level mark at most of the places. This obstructs discharge or offloading of water into it by its tributaries. It may worsen the situation.”

 Apart from Ganga, rivers like Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamla Balan and Adhwara group of rivers have swelled above the danger levels at various places in the state.  

Singh said the breaches in the embankments of Kamla Balan river in Ghanshyampur block of Darbhanga district and Gandak river in Bagaha block of West Champaran district, which had led to severe floods, have been successfully plugged in and work to strengthen them is being conducted on war footing.

 The WRD Secretary said that work is on to restore the breached embankments of Gandak and Bagmati rivers in Gopalganj and Sitamarhi districts, respectively. He added that all other embankments in the state are secure.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, accompanied by WRD Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary conducted an aerial survey of flood affected Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura districts today to get a first a first hand account of the situation in the Kosi river belt.

Manjhi also held a meeting with the senior officials of different departments and reviewed relief operations in the flood-affected area.