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Flood situation in Bihar worsens, 2.6 million hit



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Patna, July 31: The flood situation in Bihar worsened on Sunday, with many rivers breaching their banks and affecting hundreds of thousands of people, officials said.

More than 2.6 million people have been hit by the floods in the state including half a million who have been displaced across 12 districts, the officials said.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav visited the flood affected Supaul district on Sunday and said: “We are fully prepared to provide relief and rescue the affected people.”Bihar-Flood2-WEFORNEWSSenior officials said relief and rescue operations were going on in full swing.

He said the flood situation was grim in some districts following rising water level in rivers.

The government has deployed 587 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force and the state disaster response force in the worst hit areas.

A Water Resources Department official said 2,034 villages had been affected by the floods.

Of the five lakh people displaced till Sunday, nearly 2.50 lakh are living in different shelters.

“Thousands have taken shelter in higher areas, on national highways and in schools and other buildings,” an official said.FLOODThe government has set up 412 relief camps and deployed 1,019 boats in relief and rescue work.

The worst hit districts are Purnea, Kishanganj, Araria, Darbhanga, Madhepura, Katihar, Supaul and Saharsa.

Unconfirmed reports say at least 28 people, including women and children, have perished in the floods.

The authorities have asked people living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground.

Major rivers in the state including the Koshi, Gandak, Bagmati and Ganga are in spate following heavy rains, officials said.

“With heavy rainfall in the catchment areas in (neighbouring) Nepal, the water level of these rivers has been rising for several days,” one officer told IANS.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered officials to survey the damage to houses, crops and other properties.

He has asked the health department to arrange for medicines to check the outbreak of water-borne diseases.

Officials said crops worth crores of rupees had been damaged. Road links have snapped at several places.

Bihar Water Resources Development Minister Lalan Singh said the eastern Kosi embankment, which had breached in 2008, was safe.

In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi breached its banks upstream in Nepal and changed course.



Delhi metro’s Blue Line faces snag



Delhi metro blue line

New Delhi, Feb 21: Train services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday due to signalling issue at two interlocking stations, the DMRC said.

“Due to signalling issue at interlocking stations of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden of Line-3, train IDs were lost around 12.30 p.m. for trains falling in this zone, resulting in delays as they were locally controlled,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

“Central control for these two interlocking stations was restored at 1 p.m. and trains are now being regularised as per normal IDs,” the statement added.


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Prisoner escaped from Delhi’s LNJP hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Police



New Delhi, Feb 19: A prisoner on Monday escaped from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Delhi Police personnel who had brought him there.


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Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana



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Saketri Shiva Temple. (File Photo0

Chandigarh, Feb 19: Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana’s Panchkula district, police said on Monday.

The theft took place in Saketri on the intervening night of February 18-19. The entire theft was caught on CCTV.

“The thieves broke open locks of the temple and took away gold and silver jewellery and valuables,” a priest at the temple said.

The Haryana Police is investigating the matter.

The temple, located around 10 km from here, attracts hundreds of devotees daily. Thousands of people offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 13-14.

The temple had received lakhs of rupees in cash as offering which had been deposited in the bank only two days back, the priests told the police.

However, the valuables of the temple and offerings made after had remained in the temple complex.


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