The death toll in Bihar floods on Wednesday crossed the 100 mark, even as the situation remained grim in the state with major rivers showing a rising trend at a number of places inundating fresh areas.
Six people have died in Bihar's Darbhanga district, three in Gopalganj and two in Araria since Tuesday taking the toll in the current spell of floods to 101, official reports said.
Ninety people had lost their lives earlier.
A Darbhanga report quoting official sources said the six died at Hayaghat, Singhwara and Biraul blocks.
In Darbhanga, Bagmati river continued to wreak havoc with as many as 13 wards being submerged. In Gopalganj town too 14 out of the 20 wards have been inundated.
A Central Water Commission bulletin said Ganga river was flowing 4 cm above danger mark at Farakka, while Burhigandak river had crossed the danger level at Sikandarpur, Samastipur and Rosera by 29 cm, 118 cm and 157 cm respectively.
Bagmati river was flowing above the danger mark at Benibad and Hayaghat by 102 cm and 249 cm respectively, it added.
Chief minister Rabri Devi accompanied by Rashtritya Janata Dal chief Laloo Prasad Yadav visited Saharsa, Purnia and Darbhanga and instructed the district officials to speed up relief and rehabilitation work.
Meanwhile, the Lok Janshakti Party and the Nationalist Congress Party announced a joint
agitational programme for declaring Bihar a 'flood and famine-hit state'.
LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and NCP leaders Jagannath Mishra and Tariq Anwar at a joint press conference in New Delhi claimed that while floods have killed more than 150 people and affected 12.5 million in 16 districts of north Bihar, drought-like situation was prevailing in central Bihar.
Hardly 10 to 15 per cent of paddy sowing had been done in central Bihar due to scanty rains, they said.
They charged the Bihar government with doing precious little for providing relief to flood marooned people and demanded central intervention.
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