India: Bihar Floods 2009 Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published



Continuous rainfall in the catchment areas of major rivers (Mahananda, Kosi, Kamla , Adhwara group of rivers, Bagmati, Kankai, Donk, Mecchi, Ratua and Bakra) and its tributaries both in Bihar and adjoining country Nepal is causing the prevailing flood situation in seven districts in Bihar. Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Katihar, Purnia and Kishanganj are the affected districts so far according to official sources. Media reports state that 11 districts are aff ected by the floods which include West Champaran, Saharsa, Supaul and Gopalganj in addition (see map below).

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 1,246,000 people have been affected in the state and 32 human lives have been lost . Media reports stat e that more that 1.5 million people have been affected and 52 human lives have been lost. Official reports state that 8,100 people have been evacuated .

As per water resource department, government of Bihar, rivers such as Kosi, Bagmati, Mahananda, Kamala Balan and Adhwara group of rivers are in spate following heavy rains in their catchment areas , river levels are as follows:

- River Bagmati is flowing marginally above danger mark in district Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga with falling trend

- River Kosi is flowi ng marginally above danger mark in districts Khagaria and Supaul with falling trend

- River Mahananda, Kamla, Gandak, Burhi Gandak and Adwara group of rivers are flowing marginally below the danger mark.