Published: Thursday 31 July 2003

no let-up: Even as Brahmaputra river, its tributaries and waterbodies in the Barak valley continue to be in spate in Assam, five districts of Bihar are also reeling under the impact of floods caused by relentless rain in the upper catchment areas.

In the northeastern state, several areas are still inundated due to the monsoon (see: Flood fury, July 15, 2003) with over nine lakh people in 19 districts being affected. The situation is grim in Bihar, too, where agricultural and low-lying areas -- including a few blocks of Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi -- have borne the brunt of the downpour.

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