Law Kumar Mishra
Patna: As there has been no rain in the catchment areas of Ganga, Sone and Punpun rivers for the last three days, water level of the rivers is receding fast. Though still above danger level,Ganga was flowing at 49.76 metres at Gandhi Ghat near National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna on Monday morning.Last week, its water level had touched an all time high at 50.51 metres. Ganga water level was 60.52 metres at Buxar and 34.18 metres at Bhagalpur.
Road and rail communications have been affected due to breaches in the tracks and road at different places. Movement of trains between Barauni and Katihar, which was suspended on Sunday due to damage to the rail track, was not restored till Monday morning. Important trains including North East Express and Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani express have been diverted through Jhajha-Asansol. Road communication between Bhagalpur and Jamalpur is still snapped as the road was damaged two days back due to floods. In fact, a section of NH was washed away. Water had entered Naugachiya town flooding offices of SDO and SDPO.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Bhagalpur and Purnia divisions on Sunday, held a review meeting with officials later at the Circuit House. The CM, who stayed overnight at Purnia, will visit the flood affected areas of Katihar district by road.