Flood alert sounded in 3 Bihar districts amid heavy rain

A flood alert has been issued in East Champaran, Gopalganj, and West Champaran districts of Bihar amid incessant rains in the state and neighboring Nepal.

The water level in rivers like Masan, Pandaria, Lalbakeya, Sikrahana and Gandak has risen after a huge amount of water was released from the Valmikinagar barrage, officials said. “The water released into the Gandak river has crossed 2.50 lakh cusecs and hence all the gates of the barrage have been opened,” an official said.

East Champaran District Magistrate Shirsat Kapil Ashok said they are on alert and have alerted the concerned authorities. “Though evacuation has not been required, people living in low-lying areas of Sangrampur block of the district have automatically moved to safer places.”

West Champaran District Magistrate Kundan Kumar said the disaster response teams have been asked to remain alert to deal with any incident.

His Gopalganj counterpart Naval Kishor Choudhary said the situation was under control. “We are on alert. Officials are monitoring rain and water level continuously on an hourly basis. All are on high alert. Authorities have been ordered to monitor the embankments round the clock…”

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