As heavy rains in the last three days triggered flash floods in parts of Bihar, where 41 people have died so far and 65.37 lakh affected, and inundated large areas in Assam and north Bengal, hitting the normal life and snapping rail link to the northeast.
In Arunachal Pradesh too, the flood situation continued to be serious in several districts with recurring landslides disrupting road traffic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief ministers of Bihar (Nitish Kumar) and Assam (Sarbananda Sonowal) and assured them of all support from the Centre to mitigate the situation.
Meanwhile, in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, two separate incidents of cloudbursts claimed lives of six persons while a jawan went missing after swirling waters of a rivulet hit an Army camp.
An estimated 65.37 lakh people in 12 districts of Bihar have been affected by floods, with Nitish, who conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas, saying that Araria was the worst-hit district. Twenty people have died in Araria, six in Sitamarhi, five in Kisanganj, three each in East Champaran, West Champaran and Darbhanga districts and one person in Madhubani, an official said.
Flood waters have engulfed areas in Kisanganj, three blocks of Purnea and one block of Katihar damaging roads.
The chief minister said heavy rains in Nepal and Bihar in last three days have led to the situation and the state
the government is carrying out relief operations in flooded areas on a war-footing.