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Death toll in flood-hit Bihar climbs to 92

Last updated on: July 19, 2019 20:48 IST

Death toll in Bihar floods climbed to 92 on Friday with 14 more casualties reported from different marooned areas of the state in the past 24 hours.

IMAGE: A man carries a child in a basket as he wades through a flooded street following incessant rainfall in Sitamarhi. Photograph: ANI Photo

The relief and rehabilitation measures were running in full swing with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching a drive under which over Rs 180 crore were disbursed among affected people through direct cash transfer.

 

According to the state disaster management department, the death toll which stood at 78 on the previous day included 27 casualties in Sitamarhi, the district worst affected by the flash floods which hit the state in the wake of torrential rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal last week.

IMAGE: People cross a flooded street following incessant monsoon rainfall, at Madhubani district. Photograph: PTI Photo

Significant number of casualties have also been reported from districts like Araria, Madhubani, Purnea, Sheohar and Darbhanga.

Altogether 66.76 lakh people, spread over 12 districts of the state, have been hit by the calamity, the department said.

IMAGE: Water gushes through a partially inundated railway track following incessant monsoon rainfall, at Madhubani district. Photograph: PTI Photo

Meanwhile, the chief minister kicked off the program for providing aid to flood victims under the Public Financial Management System, by the click of a mouse at the CM's secretariat, whereby Rs 181.39 crore were transferred directly into the accounts of 3.02 lakh families in the initial phase.

IMAGE: A view of a waterlogged streets following monsoon rainfall, in Sitamarhi. Photograph: PTI Photo
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