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Bihar flood toll rises to 216, major rivers below danger mark

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Patna, Sep 9 (PTI) With three fresh reports of death,the toll in Bihar floods today increased to 216 even as theflood situation in the state appears to be easing with mostof the rivers, including Ganga, flowing below their dangermarks. The three deaths have been reported from Saran district,a Disaster Management Department statement said. According to Water Resources Department, Punpun river atSripalpur in Patna, Kamlabalan river at Jhanjharpur and Kosiriver at Baltara in Khagaria district were flowing abovedanger level. But the other rivers, including Ganga, were flowing belowthe danger mark, the release said, adding that the placesreporting it are Digha ghat, Gandhi ghat and Hathidah in Patnadistrict and Buxar, Munger, Kahalgaon and Bhagalpur inBhagalpur district. The flood has affected 40.60 lakh people in 2,210 villagesof 618 panchayats of 79 blocks in 12 districts, the releasesaid, adding that 3.95 lakh people have been evacuated fromthe affected districts of Buxar, Bhojpur, Patna, Vaishali,Saran, Begusarai, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger,Bhagalpur and Katihar, the statement said. As per the officials, five concrete houses have collapsed,while 466 kucha houses have been washed away and 2,774 hutshave been destroyed by the surging flood waters. The government has deployed 3,082 boats for evacuation,while national and state disaster response forces have alreadybeen deployed in the affected districts, it said. A total of 1.88 lakh people have taken shelter in 318relief camps which are being provided medical services by 592teams. A total of 220 camps are being operated for cattleaffected in the floods. A total 135 cattle have died so far inthe calamity. Assessment of damage to agricultural lands and cropswas being done, the release said. PTI AR KKKIS

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