The Disaster Management Division (DMD) in India reported on August 11 that floods have affected more than 250,000 people in the eastern state of Bihar in the past few days. The water level in seven rivers of the state, including the Ganges, in 15 places exceeded the dangerous mark.
As of 10 August, according to the DMD, 252,000 people were affected in 125 villages in 5 counties. The situation has worsened after heavy rainfall in recent days and more is expected.
As of August 11, river water levels exceeded dangerous levels in Vaishali, Katihar, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Bhagalpur, Buksar, Jehanabad, Khagaria and Gopalganj regions.
Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar State, conducted aerial footage of flood-affected areas on August 11, 2021 and instructed officials to intensify rescue operations in 12 affected areas.
India's Central Water Commission reported that 7 rivers in the state exceeded dangerous levels in 15 locations, including the Gandak at Lalganj in Vaishali; Kosi at Kursela in Katihara; Bagmati at Benibad in Muzaffarpur; and Punpun at Shripalpur in Patna.
Meanwhile, the water level in the Ganges exceeded the dangerous level in Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district; Dighagata, Gandhigata and Hathide in Patna; and in Tugsar in Tugsar district.
The Ganges also floods upstream areas in Uttar Pradesh, most recently the ancient city of Varanasi, considered the spiritual capital of India. As of August 11, the water level in the Ganges near Varanasi was 72.08 meters and was rising. The dangerous mark here is 71, 262 meters, and the record maximum - 73, 901 meters, set in 1978.