(Scene at a Gandak diara village)

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Bagaha: The receding flood water of Gandak and other hilly rivers, which had inundated 19 panchayats under five  blocks of Bagaha sub- division in West Champaran district affecting a population of about 50,000, has left a trail of misery behind. Thousands of famlies have left their diara houses and taken shelter on up land and embankment with their children.

The most affected villages are:  Shripatinagar Nayatola Bahariasthan, Pandeychhapra, Sisakari, Katitola, Tikara, Bauktola, Madarahawa, Birta, Taritola, Sisahi , Sohagibarawa, Chiurahi,  Karahiyabasauli, Ramana, Kanaiyapur , Manpur and Jiganahi. There is still knee deep water at these villages. Flood water has also encircled Nainaha river police station. Countryboats are the only source of communication to move  from one village to another, said Mukhiya Banarasi Yadav of Balua Thori panchayat under Piparasi block.

Meanwhile, an LJP leader Brijeshwar Rao toured affected area and said that due tp poor condition of Pipara-Piparasi right Gandak embankment from zero mile to Thori village and fast Gandak erison near village Sugauli, Paddy, Sugarcane, Arahar and vegetable crops on ten acres have been flooded. Dulari retired bund on Pipars-Piparasi embankment was reported safe but Pipara-Piparasi embankment at 34 km near Bhuyeedharawa is facing danger due to seepage at several points in the embankment.

Meanwhile, SDM Bagaha Dharmendra Kumar informed that sand bags are being used to plung the breaches and the embankment is safe. The flood water had started receding from many villages.but the people displaced by flood are not ready to return  to their villages fearing recurrence of flood. Rao said wild animals of the Madanpur and Gonauli forest range have deserted their den as flood water has entered there. They are reportedly destroying standing crops in the field of Tharuhat and Dhangraon belt. Former MP and JD(U) leader Kailash Baitha, who visited erosion site at Tamakuhi village of Salaha Bariyarawa panchayat under Bagaha -1 block  on Sunday, said that Paddy and Sugarcane crops on 3o acre had been been destroyed by river Masan river.

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