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Bihar floods claim 14 more lives
August 14, 2007 13:06 IST
The situation in Bihar, which has been hit by the worst floods in living memory, remained grim on with incessant rains, even as 14 fresh deaths were reported from six districts, taking the toll to 274.
State disaster management sources said 14 more deaths -- seven in Khagaria, two in west Champaran, two in east Champaran, one in Darbhanga, one in Samastipur and one in Madhubani -- were reported.
According to the figures provided by the department of disaster management, Samastipur alone accounted for a maximum of 53 deaths, followed by Darbhanga (51), east Champaran (49), Muzaffarpur (31), Khagaria (25) and Sitamarhi (19) in the recent spell.
Ten persons each perished in the floods in Saharsa, Bhagalpur and Begusarai districts, nine others died in Madhubani, five in Katihar, four each in Khagaria and west Champaran and one in Nalanda, they said.
The distribution of relief materials was badly hit due to heavy rains, the sources said.
Nearly 1.5 crore people continued to reel under the calamity in 7,304 villages spread over 186 blocks in 19 districts of the state, they said.
The floods have caused extensive damage to standing crops worth around Rs 268.40 crore, houses estimated to be around Rs 105.16 crore and public property worth Rs 43,65 crore, the sources said.