Law Kumar Mishra

Patna: Water of swollen Ganga on Saturday morning entered several northern parts of Patna and the state government alerted the administration to prevent people from going to the banks of the river from Digha to Gandhi Ghat where water level of the river had reached “unprecedented heights” and was 1 to 1.5 metre above danger level. Its water level is rising by 2 cm per hour.

Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh called an emergency meeting of officials as Ganga crossed highest flood level of 1994 at Patna. Patna DM Sanjay Kumar Agarwal reached the LCT Ghat as the water of the river in spate entered the apartments located on its banks. At Gandhi Ghat near National Institute of Technlogy(NIT), the river crossed the railings and uprooted the chains tied to the floating restaurant of Bihar state tourism corporation. Ganga water also entered the office of the Central Water Commission. Barricades have been put and policemen deployed to prevent entry of people to the banks of the river.

Ganga is likely to flow in new heights causing flood, officials monitoring the water level said. People staying in Munger and Bhagalpur too have been alerted. Water level of the river would rise further following discharge of ten lakh CFT of water from Indrapuri barrage as it may lead to rise in water level of river Sone,which merges into Ganga near Patna.

Patna DM after visiting the flood hit areas said people staying in the low lying areas have been advised to move to safer places and efforts to evacuate  people from Diara (riverine areas of the river) are on.

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