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Bihar: Gopalganj DM denies flood crisis, calls it water logging instead

As the flood situation in Bihar continues to remain grim, District Magistrate (DM) of Gopalganj, Rahul Kumar on Thursday visited the affected villages to take stock of the situation and oversee relief and rescue work in the flood-hit areas.

At present, 6 out of 14 blocks in Gopalganj are reeling under severe flood conditions. With the water level rising in Gandak river and flood water entering several villages in the low lying areas, more than one lakh people have been displaced.

District magistrate on Thursday visited the Kuchaya Kot block along with the NDRF team.

The DM maintained that Nepal discharged 2.5 lac cusec of water into the Gandak river. On Tuesday, Nepal discharged 3.5 lac cusec of water, prompting the Bihar government to issue an alert in the district.

Surprisingly, the DM refused to call the flood situation a crisis and instead asserted that it was mere water logging.

"Problem in Kuchay Kot, Gopalganj Sadar and Baikunthpur block is mainly that of water logging. The Gandak river is overflowing," Rahul Kumar said.

Kumar said that the district administration was, however, carrying relief work to evacuate people and shifting them to relief camps.

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