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Flood continues to play havoc in Katihar

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PURNIA: Even though floodwaters are receding, rather sluggishly, a sizeable section of the relocated flood-hit people is going through a nightmarish experience in seven blocks of Katihar district, which are perched atop bunds and roads. The affected people are huddled together at makeshift camps in the district.

According to the district disaster management officials, the flood situation is grim in particularly two blocks of Amdabad and Manihari blocks in the district. Dozens of villages are still heavily waterlogged and submerged under water crippling life and throwing a plethora of human problems. The flood victims are literally left to fend for themselves and spend a kind of nomadic life at relief camps.

In all, over 80,000 people from across seven blocks are struggling to combat the onslaught of floods in the district, the officials said. The scourge of flood unleashed simultaneously by rivers Ganga and Mahananda, is indeed most savage and horrifying in villages like Sikritola, Khattitola, Kishunpur, Gheragaon and Golatola under the Diara panchayat and under Amdabad and Makarchala, Lalganj, Bhagattola panchayats under the Pranpur blocks, reports said. Roads are in a shambles and submerged under water under the Amdabad block, the officials said.

River Kosi, which mingles with the Ganga near Kursela in Katihar district, has further aggravated the overall flood situation and compounded the plight of the flood-ravaged people in the district which has the unique distinction of being located on the confluence of rivers Ganga, Mahananda and Kosi, official sources said.

A senior district official, Feroz Akhtar, on Thursday said relief distribution had picked up momentum with the recession of floodwaters. Food grain relief and dole of Rs 2,250 each is being sent to flood victims. They have also been provided with polythene sheets. Mahananda Project superintending engineer (SE) M N Chowdhury said the river Ganga has relented a bit but was still flowing above the danger mark.

The rampaging rivers were continuing to wreak erosion across the blocks in Katihar and Purnia districts adding to the woes of the flood-hit people.

Meanwhile, rivers like Mahananda, Kankai, Donk and Mechhi, which were on the downswing, rose again across the Purnia division on Thursday, according to the Central Water Commission (CWC) in Purnia.

The Kosi discharge level at Bhimnagar in Supaul district and Barahkhsetra ( Nepal) plummeted to 1,35,405 cusec and 1,13,400 cusec respectively at 10 am on Thursday, CWC officials said.