India: Over 6.8 lakh dead in floods, more than 8 lakh still missing in Bihar

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6.6 lakh people have been killed and more than 10 lakh are missing in floods in Bihar as rains in the state continue to stall, officials said on Thursday.

The latest figures from the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) showed that 6.5 lakh people, more more than 5.8 per cent of the total, had been affected in the latest flood, with the remaining 6.2 lakh still unaccounted for.

Rajendra Kumar Singh, SDMA director general, said that more than 100 districts in the State had recorded more than 1 lakh deaths and over 5 lakh missing.

The rainfall was so heavy that the ground was saturated in parts of the State, including the districts of Patna and Thane.

SDMA officials said that there was no water in the reservoirs in Bihar, but water in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh had been rationed and there was a possibility that it could overflow.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the government would continue to deploy water resources to the people in Bihar.

“We will not rest until we get the people back in their homes and will continue to work for them,” he said.