10 dead, 1.5 million people affected by floods in India’s Bihar

At least 10 people have died and about 1.5 million people were affected by floods in India’s eastern state of Bihar. 11 of the total 38 districts in Bihar are under water.

The 5th largest city of Bihar, Darbhanga is the worst-affected district as 536,000 people have either been displaced or are trapped inside their homes, the Sunday bulletin issued by the state disaster management department said.

Another district, Muzaffarpur, rains have displaced over 200,000 people.

17 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 8 of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are involved in the search and rescue operations. Close to 136,000 people were evacuated so far, while 14,011 people have been put up in 26 relief camps, according to the department.

The Government of Bihar has set up 463 community kitchens to feed around tens of thousands of people in the state. The Indian Air Force (IAF) have joined the relief measures, helicopters have dropped food packets in several flood-hit areas.

Heavy rainfall over the past few days caused the rivers to swell, leading to breach in embankments in several places.