Floods in Bihar, July 2020

Bihar witnessed heavy rainfall during first week of July of 2020 causing major flooding problem and damage to life and property in many districts of North Bihar. Precipitation data from IMERG (early data) shows that second week of July, 2020 especially between 8 and 13 July northern parts of Bihar were lashed by heavy spell of rains. The total rainfall received up to Julyn18, 2020 was much higher than what it had received during 2019 same period. Following heavy rains during the first week, gauge sites across many rivers started crossing their danger level mark in the second week of July and aggravating the flood situation. Gauge sites like Baltara in Kosi River, Benibad and Runisadipur in Bagmati River, Dumarighat in Ghagra River are flowing above danger level for more than two weeks. Rapid satellite based assessment shows East Champaran, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Araria, Bhagalpur and Darbhanga districts to be impacted by floods.

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