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Kosi flood threat: Massive evacuation drive launched in eight districts of Bihar

India TV News Desk 03 Aug 2014, 14:28:06 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: A massive evacuation drive has been launched in eight districts of north Bihar following flood threat in river Kosi after the Nepalese Army carried out low-intensity blasts to remove the landslide debris from a river in Nepal to free the huge quantity of water accumulated there.

Fifteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service.

More than 1.5 Lakh people in Supaul, Madhubani, Madhepura, Saharsa, Khagaria, Purnia, Bhagalpur and Araria districts have asked to move to safer place as the water level increased in the river, a state government official said.

About 76 relief camps are being set up for the evacuated families, the official added.

State government has also set up many cattle relief camps.

On the precautionary point of view state government has opened all the 56 gates of Kosi barrage at Birpur.

The state government has cancelled leave of government officials and employees in these areas.