"After the review, the prime minister promised all possible support to the Bihar government", the PMO said in a statement. Around 21 districts have been affected by the flood. The damage caused to infrastructure is being assessed, but 63.61 lakh hectares of cropped area have been destroyed.
Nepal's overflowing rivers played an important role in worsening the situation in four northeastern districts - Kishanganj, Araria, Purnia and Katihar of Bihar. The PM was told that due to a breach of embankments and waterways for irrigation, a loss of about Rs 27,00 crore has been accrued by the department. When the floods hit the Purnia division on August 13, the CM had contacted the PM, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and defence minister Arun Jaitley for the immediate dispatch of NDRF teams, columns of Army and Indian Air Force choppers to conduct emergency and accelerated rescue and relief operations.
Modi said the Union ministry of road transport and highways had also been directed to take necessary steps for fix of roads damaged in the deluge. On Saturday morning, PM Modi reached Bihar where he was received by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.
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Walter Roa has been with the Salvation Army for 14 years-and he is ready to help the Lone Star State. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Manatee River near Myakka Head.
Both nations would also work on flood control in the border areas, which will benefit the region, it added.
Of the 1.67 crore people affected by the floods, 8.50 lakh trapped in remote areas were rescued to safer points. This marks Modi's first visit to the state post formation of Nitish's Government with the help of BJP-led NDA.
Describing the situation as "worrying", Vijayan advised Modi to ensure that the law took its own course in the case.