Monsoon mayhem: Floods claim 15 lives in Assam, 24 in Bihar
The situation in Assam deteriorated on Monday as floodwaters submerged 30 of the 33 districts in Assam and death toll increased to 15, while death toll in the Bihar floods mounted to 24 on Monday, with 25.66 lakh people reeling from the deluge in 12 districts of the state following incessant rains in neighbouring country Nepal, officials said.
Altogether 42.87 lakh people in 4,157 Assam villages are reeling under the impact of the floods that have submerged 1,53,211 hectares of farm land in 30 districts, according to the daily report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
Of the 24 deaths reported till 6 pm on Monday in Bihar, Sitamarhi accounted for 10, while nine deaths were reported from Araria, four from Kishanganj and one from Sheohar, a Disaster Management Department report said. Four deaths were reported till Sunday evening from Araria (2), Sheohar (1) and Kishanganj (1).
Five more children drowned in two separate incidents in Bihar's East Champaran district, but a senior official of the state disaster management department said they were not counted among the flood casualties.
The Disaster Management report said that 25,66,100 people have been affected by flood waters in 77 blocks of 12 districts in Bihar -- Sheohar, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, Madhubani, Araria, Kishanganj, Supaul, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea. Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea districts are the latest addition to the list of the districts marooned.