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Bihar Floods: Death toll rises to 341

Bihar Floods: Death toll rises to 341
Flood-affected villagers use temporary rafts as they navigate through the floodwaters of river Ganges and move to safer grounds, after heavy rains at Patna district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Krishna Murari Kishan (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Additional Secretary Disaster Management Department of the Government of Bihar, Anirudh Kumar, on Tuesday said that 341 people have lost their lives in the state due to floods.

According to an officials, till date, 7,61,774 people have been evacuated to safe places by the rescue teams of the Army, the National Disaster Response Force, and the State Disaster Response Force, while the government has set up 1,085 relief camps in which 2,29,097 people are living.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took stock of flood affected areas in the state last week and assured that the relief and food camps were being conducted in the area for those in need.

Three columns of Army were deployed in flood-hit Katihar district for the relief and rescue operation.

The central help came after Nitish sought help of the Army and Air Force as the flood situation worsened in the state.

Overflowing rivers from Nepal have played a major spoilsport in four northeastern districts – Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar.

Supaul, Saharsa, Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Madhepura districts are the other districts which have been affected by floods.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Assam has risen to 70.

Morigaon district in Assam was the worst affected, with 2,210 villages being submerged and 1.23 lakh hectares of crop becoming damaged as well.

The floods also hit Kaziranga National Park, killing over 140 animals. Seven rhinos, 122 swamp deer, two elephants and many other animals died in the Assam floods. (ANI)