Several villages in India's Bihar state have been flooded due to heavy monsoons, disrupting the normal lives of local people. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the rain and flood-related situation, including lightning strikes, media reported.
So far, Bihar's administration has not set up relief camps for villagers who have been compelled to leave their homes, residents have told local media.
Talking to Sputnik, police officer Rajiv Rajak of Bihar's Lauriya district said that while the flooding of river-side regions in the state is not uncommon during monsoons, this year the rains arrived early and people were unprepared.
Heart-wrenching pictures from Bihar have been appearing on social media. People can be seen helping others carry injured people on stretchers to safer locations. Visuals of rural dwellers carrying valuables from their damaged houses in waist-deep waters have also appeared online.
This scene of flood in Bihar is really scary.— Sudhanshu Singh (@SudhanshuSME) July 5, 2021
Help each other in every possible way... pic.twitter.com/PHHKd41lJi
Homes and lives of people of #Champaran are devastated in the recent #floods in #Bihar. Many other parts of eastern India have suffered in floods and #cyclones in the past one year. We are all citizens of India. What can we do to stand with them?— GOONJ (@goonj) July 1, 2021
We are there.. Need you too.. pic.twitter.com/3ydXcDQIrk
@aimim_national Bihar President @Akhtaruliman5 sb visited river cutting edges of in Amour Assembly. We demand immediate bolder embankment from @BiharDMD & we request @officecmbihar to take Seemanchal flood issues in priority. We demand implementation of Mahananda Basin Project pic.twitter.com/V4rBVY9N2R— Aadil Hasan Adv (@AadilHasanAdv1) June 30, 2021
Security personnel from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and local police officials are patrolling the flooded regions to help people and animals in need.
Officials from the Water Resource Department (WRD) under the Bihar state government have been providing assistance and relief materials to people.
It's 1:00 am.— Water Resources Department, Government of Bihar (@WRD_Bihar) June 28, 2021
Clouds keep our #FloodWarriors company as they patrol the embankments.
They move around with flood-fighting materials to take immediate corrective measures as and when required.@officecmbihar @SanjayJhaBihar @sanjeev_hans97 @IPRD_Bihar @Saran_dm @nildeoreIAS pic.twitter.com/r2dOaQmEI2
Bihar is currently governed by a coalition of two parties - the regional Janata Dal United (JDU) and the federally governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
State officials including, Bihar chief Nitish Kumar, have been monitoring the flood situation and a disaster relief package for affected people is expected to be announced in the coming days.
The agricultural state located in eastern India houses the country's third largest population of around 125 million people, as per the survey site Populationu.com.