Every year in Bihar, lakhs of people get affected due to heavy rain and flood. Bihar makes up 16.5% of India’s flood-affected area and 22.1% of India’s flood-affected population. Thousands of livestock and assets worth millions are destroyed every year.
This year, around 15 lakh people have already been affected. There are 11 flood-hit districts in Bihar, among which Darbhanga is the worst affected one. According to the disaster management department, Darbhanga is the worst-hit district in Bihar as 5.36 lakhs people are either forced to stay at home or are dislocated from their respective places. Waist-deep floodwater has entered homes in many villages like Bishnupur, etc.
The principal secretary of the department, Pratyaya Amrit said, “Apart from the evacuation of the flood-affected people, relief shelters have been erected and community kitchens are being run.” He also added, “Despite government request some people didn’t leave their houses which is why we are operating the unique model of community kitchens.” Right now, 436 community kitchens are feeding around 1.77 lakh people in the state.
In the rescue operation, seventeen teams of NDRF and eight teams of SDRF are involved. Other districts that are also affected by the calamity are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Gopal Ganj, West Champaran, khagaria, and Saran.
Till now, 1.36 lakh people have been evacuated while 14,011 are sheltered under 26 relief camps. Seeing the scenario, many trains running through the eastern central railways have either diverted the train route or have changed the routes entirely.
The year 2020 is turning out to be harrowing for everyone. Pandemic, earthquakes, cyclones, and now flood, nature is on its full force creating distractions and sufferings for humans.