Jharkhand: Flooding situation worsens in Sahibganj, 21,000 more affected | Ranchi News

Jharkhand: Flooding situation worsens in Sahibganj, 21,000 more affected |  Ranchi News
RANCHI: The the flood situation in Sahebganj worsened Thursday after the rising Ganges River flooded one more panchayat and partially affected two more panchayats, which in turn affected about 21,000 people.
Meanwhile, Ranchi’s office of the Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday forecast light to moderate rains in Jharkhand on Friday.
He also predicted that the northeastern districts of the state, including Sahebganj, will have scattered rains (15.6mm – 64mm of rain) in the next 24 hours.
The district administration deployed two units of National Disaster Response Force personnel, one unit consisting of 25 men each, to the Sahebganj and Rajmahal blocks to evacuate affected residents from their flooded houses and their livestock.
Statistics assimilated by administrative officials said that a total of 2.65 lakh people were affected by the flood.
“The extent of the damage can only be assessed once the water levels recede,” Sahebganj Deputy Commissioner Ram Niwas Yadav told TOI by phone. So far, three people, including two babies, have drowned.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who was camping in the village of Patna in the Barhait assembly constituency, also convened district officials on Thursday to assess the situation.
Soren, who took an aerial tour of flood-affected areas on Wednesday, ordered officers Thursday to make sure affected families receive dry rations and cooked meals.
As of Thursday, 10 of the 74 relief camps were occupied in the district, each with about 70 people. Families affected by the floods received 25 kg of rice, milk and dry fodder for those who had livestock.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) said the water level in the Ganges was 28.90 meters at 6 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the danger level of 27.25 meters. .
“Several points along the river course such as Buxar Ghat, Patna, Hathidaha, Munger and Kahalgaon have registered water levels above the danger mark,” said CWC.
Yadav said the district administration was comforted by the fact that CWC had predicted a gradual decrease in the water level starting Friday.

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