Floods claim 8 more lives in India's Bihar, water receding in some parts

A man wades through water with a horse in a flooded residential colony in?Allahabad, India August 23, 2016. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 26, 2016, 07.54 AM (IST)
Eight more deaths were reported from the flooded region of India's Bihar, even as the waters from major rivers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh are receding.

One person died in West Bengal's Malda and another in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district due to the deluge.

The death toll in Bihas has now touched 37, with 12 from Bhojpur district alone.

The Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and other rivers have been overflowing for the last many days, affecting 31.33 lakh people in 1,934 villages across 12 districts.

Around 3.44 lakh people have been rescued so far, an official statement said.

A Central Water Commission report said that relatively less amount of rainfall has made the situation slightly better now.

Both the Ganga and Yamuna are seeing receding water levels in several districts now but they are still above the danger mark.

The capital region of Delhi is experiencing light to heavy showers with high humidity.

The flood waters have disrupted vehicular traffic and communication across several regions in the country. Boats were being pressed into service in the submerged areas to ferry the stranded people.

(WION with inputs from agencies)