Mapping Floods in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh - India using SENTINEL-1 Satellite Images (24 Aug 2016)


Continuous rain in upstream Ganges basin have caused floods in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. At least 34 human causalities, destruction of 2487 houses and partial damage to 19,283 dwelling were reported in Katni, Rewa, Chattarpur, Raisen, Sagarand Satna districts in Madhya Pradesh. NDRF rescued 147 marooned people to safer places from Rewa district on 21-Aug-2016. Rescue operations are underway in Satna, Rewa, Panna and other districts to evacuate people trapped by floods.

Flood waters from upstream caused 22causalities in Bihar while affecting 23.71lakh people. Ganga and five of its tributaries are flowing above danger level at six places –Digha ghat, Gandhi ghat, Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district–and in certain points of Munger district and Buxar district. The Central Water Commission reports that water level of Ganga was flowing above danger level at Gandhi Ghat, Digha Ghat and Hathidah (Patna) by 168 cm, 79 cm and 141 cm respectively at 6AM on 22-Aug-2016. In total 1.4lakh persons were evacuated to safer places in addition to 1.05lakh people are sheltered in 162 relief camps across the state.