Thousands flee homes as fear of 2008-like flood fuels panic in Bihar

Thousands flee homes as fear of 2008-like flood fuels panic in Bihar

PATNA: Thousands of people have fled their homes fearing the worst after government issued an alert over likely floods in Supaul, Saharsa, Madhubani, Purnea, Khagaria and Madhepura districts of the Kosi region, according to reports reaching here.

People in the region feared a repeat of the worst floods in the Kosi plains in 2008 after a drastic rise in the water level of Kosi river.

The water level started rising due to Saturday’s landslide that killed eight people in Nepal. Mud and rocks came crashing down and blocked a tributary of the river.

“Hundreds of people have taken shelter on high-rise roads and embankments in Supaul, Saharsa and Madhepura,” state water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said.

The state government has evacuated nearly 20,000 people till Sunday morning.

Principal secretary for disaster management department (DMD) Vyasji (one name) said the evacuated people have been put up in relief shelters. The number of evacuees will go up by Sunday evening.

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