Cyclone Phailin: Bihar announces ex-gratia compensation of ₹2 lakhs for Casualties

Bihar Government has announced an ex-gratia compensation of ₹2 lakhs for each of the casualty of the Cyclone Phailin. According to Vyas Ji, Principal Secretary of Disaster Management Department, 4 people died due to the storm and incessant rain in the state.

The Government is paying special attention to the border districts of Purnea and Supaul amid chances of heavy rainfall in the water catchment areas of Rivers in Nepal. 2 Companies of  National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) and 2 companies of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been positioned in Purnea while 2 companies of NDRF have been deployed in Supaul district. SDRF Teams have also been deployed in Begusarai, Jahanabad, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur and Gopalganj districts. Water Resources Deptt has cancelled the leave of all its Engineers and they have been asked to stay vigilant.

Though the cyclone has weakened in past few days, the Danger is impending following chances of heavy rain in next few days. Meteorologists have predicted that winds would keep flowing at speeds of 5 to 7 kmph till October 20.

Bihar State has been deeply hit by Cyclone Phailin. Most of the areas in North Bihar have suffered from heavy rain in past few days with Katihar recording highest rainfall of 240 mm during last 24 hours. Flood situation has worsened in few areas while major urban areas are suffering from Water Logging and Power Crisis. Rain has damaged Agricultural crops in most of the areas with Rice crop having suffered the most.

The rain has also caused increase in the water level of Rivers like Ganga, Kosi, Bagmati, Mahananda and rivers of Adhwara group.