Bihar floods leave 78 dead

Flash floods caused by torrential rains in catchment areas of Nepal have ravaged a dozen districts of Bihar so far, claiming 78 lives and affecting 55 lakh people, the state's disaster management department said on Thursday.

Sitamarhi reported the highest number of 18 casualties, followed by Madhubani (14), Araria (12), Sheohar and Darbhanga (nine each), Purnea (seven), Kishanganj (four), Supaul (three) and East Champaran (two), it said in a release.

The death toll increased by 11 since Wednesday, when it stood at 67.

The number of casualties, however, remained unchanged for Araria, Sheohar, Purnea, Kishanganj and Supaul districts.

There have been no flood-related deaths in Muzaffarpur, Saharsa and Katihar districts.

Altogether 55.04 lakh people, spread across 921 panchayats falling under 97 blocks of the flood-affected districts, are said to have been hit by the calamity.