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Lakhandei breaches bund, floods more villages

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TNN | Sep 28, 2011, 12.45AM IST

PATNA: The flood situation in Bihar remained grim on Tuesday with the Lakhandei river breaching its embankment at three places and marooning thousands even as the overall situation showed signs of improvement with major rivers receding.

The Lakhandei water overtopped the small embankment and submerged hundred-odd villages in Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi districts. State water resources development minister Vijay Chaudhary said the breached embankments were constructed by the local administration. "All the major embankments are safe till date," he said, adding the authorities are on maximum alert to meet any eventuality.

The state usually faces floods in July-August, and the authorities were caught unawares when the rivers overflew following heavy rain in September and submerged several villages in north and south central districts. While four people were killed in Sitamarhi district on Monday, vehicular traffic on Tuesday remained suspended from Sitamarhi to Muzaffarpur, Sursand, Sonbarsa, Sheohar and Pupri as water overtopped these roads. Sheohar district HQ remained cut-off from all sides.

The flood waters of the Bagmati and its tributaries, Lakhandei and Manusmara, have submerged more than 10,000 houses of 14 villages under the Muzaffarpur's Aurai block area. Villagers have taken shelter on the two main embankments of the Bagmati Project nearby. The surging Bagmati water overtopped the Aurai-Katra road at Bishanpur Mushahari village on Tuesday morning. Villagers put up a road blockade there to attract the attention of the block administration.

In Naugachhia also, flood victims resorted to agitation demanding relief as hundreds of villagers from Tetri and Pakra villages sat on a dharna and blocked the busy NH-31 that led to a massive jam on Tuesday morning.

In Nalanda, the swollen Lokayan has submerged the western side of Hilsa block area. Telephone and mobile links are snapped while water has entered thousands of buildings, including schools. Standing crops on hundreds of acres have been destroyed.

In Bhojpur, however, marooned villagers - 2.9 lakh people in 179 villages - have heaved sigh of relief with the Sone and Ganga receding. Mahendra Kurmi and wife Gayatri Devi of Barahara village, who were injured when their house caved in, said people in his village are still spending sleepless nights.

Much to the relief of 30,000 people of ten panchayats of Begusarai district's Teghra and Balia subdivisions, the Ganga showed receding trend. Besides, about 20,000 people of four panchayats in Balia subdivision have also been affected by the floods.