Flood Fury in Bihar with 80 Lakh People Affected. Yet the Only News You Hear from the State is about Sushant Singh Rajput

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Flood Fury in Bihar with 80 Lakh People Affected. Yet the Only News You Hear from the State is about Sushant Singh Rajput

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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.

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.

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.

Actor Akshay Kumar recently announced that he would make a generous donation to the people of the state.

Former cricketer Yuvraj Singh also prayed for the people in Bihar.

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.