Bihar floods claim 440 lives even as netas spend time in aerial surveys

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Bihar continued to reel under floods with the toll mounting to 440 and 1.71 crore people still affected, while the situation in Assam and West Bengal has improved.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit Araria, Kisanganj, Katihar and Purnea districts along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, announced an immediate relief of Rs 500 crore for the deluge-ravaged state.

He also announced Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of those who died in the deluge.

Araria district accounted for 95 deaths followed by Sitamarhi (46) and Katihar (40).

The flood waters, however, have receded in some places, prompting many to return to their homes. The number of relief camps also dropped to 262, in which 1.65 lakh people were staying, a release by disaster management department said.

PM Narendra Modi announces Rs 500 crore relief for flood-hit Bihar after aerial survey
A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are taking part in rescue and relief operations, it said.

Apart from the NDRF, 16 teams of the State Disaster Response Force comprising 466 personnel are helping people in the flood-hit areas. A total of 630 Army personnel are assisting in relief and rescue operations with 70 boats, the release said.

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