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Flood fury in West Champaran, villagers cry no relief work

Due to incessant rain and heavy discharge of water from Gandak barrage at Valmiki Nagar, water level of rivers have swelled.

By Saurav Kumar
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People residing in Lauria block of West Champaran district were affected by the sikrahana river. Sikrahana is reported to have caused extensive damage in and around Ramnagar, Chanpatia and Lauria blocks of district.

Due to incessant rain and heavy discharge of water from Gandak barrage at Valmiki Nagar, water level of rivers have swelled. The situation continued to remain grim as a vital link road, NH-727 which connects U.P and with Bagaha via Madanpur forests remained paralyzed for fifth consecutive day on Friday. The NH-727 near Parsauni under Chautarawa police station is in knee deep water.

However, rivers crossing hilly areas of Nepal entering adjoining Bihar districts were on receding trend. Gandak barrage discharge at Valmiki Nagar came down to 91,000 cusecs from 1,09,400 cusecs.

But still with less discharge of water, nearly 200 homes got drowned in water, the crop loss happened at large scale. Youth of pakri mariya panchayat which comes under lauria block were seen crossing flood water with help of rubber tube. One among victims claimed that no relief work from district administration reached them contrary to claims of government which says that relief work has been reaching to victims of flood devastation.

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Noniwa tola of same block was no less than an island surrounded by water said Mukesh Kumar. According to him no one visited the affected village since houses got drowned in water. No relief material such as plastic sheets, food or medicine reached victims.

Bagaha sub-divisions were also affected by flood. Villages in Ramnagar block couple of days back were engulfed badly due to breach of the protection bund between Singha and Bagalwa villages in Ramnagar block. Villages are being disconnected as roadways are getting destroyed by speedy flood water flow.

Every year flood water gushes into villages destroying nearby roads and bridge that act as sole source of communication resulting into locals swimming across neck dip flood stream of water.  Flood broke spine of rural areas resulting loss of paddy, no food, no shelter for displaced people. District administration was seen helpless with absence of NDRF and SDRF team.

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On contrary to this, according to district magistrate of West Champaran, Nilesh Ramchandra Deore, the need of providing relief materials to villages has not yet come. According to official records, more than five lakh population have been affected with 93 panchayats and 11 block of the district severely affected.

As per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the state has received 480 mm rainfall during this monsoon. At present, south-west monsoon is active in state.  With 17 lives lost during last 48 hours, the death toll in the state has risen to 124.

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