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Rising water levels in rivers threaten floods in north Bihar;
PATNA: The flood situation in Bihar deteriorated with waters from overflowing rivers originating in Nepal entered in more areas of the 16 flooded districts of Bihar on Thursday. The death toll has risen two 21 as two more people have died in Siwan in the last 24 hours. More than 69 lakh people have been affected in 16 districts of Bihar due to floods, while the number of affected panchayats has risen from 1165 to 1185 since yesterday. "Repair and restoration work is underway non-stop at the embankment. Officials are keeping a watch. People are advised to avoid panic and scaremongering", Jha said in a tweet.
Among the flood-hit people, 4.82 lakh have been evacuated from badly inundated areas. Of them, 12,239 were taking shelter at eight relief camps.
Earlier Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had expressed his condolences over the loss of lives of people in three different incidents of capsizing of boats in flood-hit districts of Khagaria, Saharsa and Darbhanga in the state and instructed the district administration to provide ex-gratia amount to the kin of the deceased.