With Looming Flood, CM Reviews Situation in Bihar

Rising water level in Ganga in Patna.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, taking brief time off from his ongoing campaign to promote prohibition in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday held a meeting with the Water Resources Department to review flood situation in Bihar.

Nitish Kumar reviewing flood situation in Bihar on Monday.Nitish Kumar reviewing flood situation in Bihar on Monday.With the level of water continuing to rise steadily in all major rivers in the state, the administration is gearing up to tackle the annual flood threat that inevitably results in loss of lives, cattle, farming produce, and other properties to the tune of crores of rupees.

Rivers in Bihar including Kosi, Gandak, and the Ganges were rising at a dangerous rate with Nepal releasing 1.15 lakh cusec water in Kosi on Monday morning, officials said adding a flood alert was issued in the northern districts to warn the people of the possible flooding.

Lallan Singh, Bihar Water Resources Minister, said that the state was prepared to deal with any eventuality and there was no need to panic.

"All embankments, including Kosi embankment, is safe and people need not worry as the government has made all arrangements to minimize the impact of the flood. Relief workers and rescue experts have been deployed in all sensitive districts and those living close to the rivers have been ordered to evacuate and move to higher points," Singh said.

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