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Death toll reaches 25 in Bihar due to floods, over 1 lakh rescued

People being evacuated in Bihar''s flood affected Araria. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 16, 2019, 04.10 PM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday declared in the State Assembly that at least 25 people have died so far in floods triggered by heavy rains in the state.

"We have instructed to expedite the relief and rescue operation in the flood-affected areas across the state. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) troops have rescued around 1, 25,000 people from the flood-affected regions till now," Nitish Kumar said while delivering a speech in state Assembly today.

The chief minister also said that 12 districts have been affected due to floods in the state

"Around 12 districts have been affected due to floods in the state. The rescue forces have been instructed to provide every possible aid to the flood-affected people. Till now, 199 relief camps have been opened across the state and over 1 lakh people are residing in the camps," Kumar further said.

Nitish Kumar on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting over the floods in the state and directed officials to remain alert by keeping an eye on all factors responsible for it.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister told a delegation comprising officials to make adequate arrangements for setting up of camps and keep in touch with the people, an official statement said.

Rescue and relief work is underway by the Disaster Management teams in various districts.