In Bihar, the floods situation worsens in Patna as the water level rises in the River Ganga in the last 24 hours leading to a crisis.
Sonama panchayat, Khaspur, Jethuli and Punadih panchayat are some of the most affected places.
In Bihar’s capital city, Patna streets were flooded after water from the River Ganga entered into some more localities on Friday, August 13, 2021.
The state’s disaster management authorities reported that over 28 districts have been affected by floods in north and central Bihar this season, which also includes Patna. The other affected districts are East and West Champaran, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, Sheohar, Saharsa, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan, and Saran.
According to an IANS report, the water level in river Ganga has increased in the last 24 hours, leading to a flood situation in the Didarganj region located on the eastern side of the state capital. The report also mentioned that the residents of these villages were seen using boats to buy essential daily needs.
“We are struggling to buy food and other essential domestic items. Our cattle and pet animals are at the stage of starvation. The water has entered into our ground floors now,” said Saroj Kumar, a resident of Khaspur village.
Another villager, Rahul Sharma, said, “Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad visited our village on Thursday but he did not provide any assurance to facilitate the delivery of food and other domestic items. But besides him, no other public representatives have visited the flood-hit areas of the region.”
“The electricity supply in this region has snapped for the last few days and the residents of these villages are facing a huge shortage of drinking water. Even the state government is not distributing chlorine tablets to purify the water for consumption,” said Radhe Shyam Sharma, a resident of Sonama panchayat. Sharma also said, “We immediately need government assistance for survival. More than 35,000 people have been affected by the floods.”
The Central Water Commission issued a warning that by Monday early morning, the RIver Ganges is expected to rise by 11 cm compared to tonight and warned the people in the region to avoid the riverfront by all means.