By Arré Bench Aug. 20, 2020
Large parts of Bihar have been submerged under flood water all through August, which according to latest figures, has affected over 80 lakh residents. The situation is grim yet has received little attention from TV news.
Even as its Director General of Police makes headlines for his unwarranted remarks on actor Rhea Chakraborty, a crisis in Bihar seems to be largely ignored by authorities.
Large parts of the state have been submerged under flood water all through August, which according to latest figures, has affected over 80 lakh residents, spread over 130 panchayat blocks of the state.
On Thursday, reports said an additional 8,000 people were affected by the calamity, as many parts of the Ganga continue to flow above the danger mark.
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 19, 2020
The Ganga is flowing 10 cm above the danger mark at Gandhi Ghat, over 26 cm above the mark at Hathidah in Patna and more than 13 cm above the mark at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, reports said. The state’s water resources minister Sanjay Kumar Jha was meanwhile quoted as saying that this didn’t pose an “immediate threat” to capital Patna.
The minister also said he had carried out an “on the spot review”, and found that the Ganga was 1.82 metres below its highest flood level of 50.52 metres at Gandhi Ghat, a report said, even as the water level continues to rise in Buxar, Munger, Bhagalpur, and Digha Ghat in Patna.
Over 7.5 million people in Bihar are impacted because of the floods.
India has been facing numerous floods over the past months. We are no longer fighting for our future, we are fighting for our presenthttps://t.co/LcvB6dSx6a@GretaThunberg @Fridays4future pic.twitter.com/Pjpc8WQUYN
— Disha 𓆉 (@grassfedhooman) August 14, 2020
At least 25 people are said to have lost their lives in the calamity so far, the Disaster Management Department has confirmed, while another 5.5 lakh people have had to be evacuated by disaster response groups in the state.
According to a PTI update only six of the 12 relief centres set up by the state were functional as of Tuesday. Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur, meanwhile, remain the worst-hit areas with nearly 20 lakh people in either district affected by the floods.
Given this crisis, there have been several calls online for the rest of the country to stand up and take notice.
I am seeing that Balaji Telefilms and Ekta Kapoor collecting Pavitra Rishta Funds which is disgusting to do without taking family permission – If we genuinely want to give SSR tribute let us help People of BiHar in Bihar flood with food- clothes -books- study material -If anyone
— Nilotpal Mrinal (@nilotpalm3) August 18, 2020
Actor Akshay Kumar recently announced that he would make a generous donation to the people of the state.
Akshay Kumar to contribute Rs 1 crore each to Bihar and Assam CM Relief Fund to help them in flood situationhttps://t.co/t2GWKQ9mkI
— HT Entertainment (@htshowbiz) August 14, 2020
Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh also prayed for the people in Bihar.
Prayers for the many families displaced from their homes and for those who lost their lives due to the floods in Bihar. Hope this situation eases out soon 🙏🏻 #BiharFloods
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 20, 2020
Still the state continues to make headlines more for being at loggerheads with the Mumbai police and the Shiv Sena over the death of Sushant Singh Rajput than its crisis management. Let’s hope someone takes the time to look into this calamity as well.