Patna: Flood situation in the northeast Bihar got further grim on Wednesday with death toll rising to 11 and over 30 lakh people affected by the flood water in sixteen districts in the state forcing them to leave their belongings behind to seek shelter on higher grounds.

With incessant rain for the last few days in Nepal and north-east region of India, Bihar once again is staring at the face of disaster that it has experienced each year for the past several decades with both the central and state government paying only lip service year after year promising to find a permanent solution to this curse that claims hundreds of lives and causes damage to properties and crops to the tune of several crore rupees.

As in the last 15 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts while calling an emergency meeting of ministers and senior government officials to chalk out a strategy that aims to minimize the loss of lives and properties and to speed up relief operations in the flood-affected districts. Wearing a mask and a helmet covering the face, he saw the flooding first hand in Darbhanga where he also took part in a relief camp where he served food to displaced persons.

Districts severely affected by this year's flood include Sitamarhi, Araria, Maharajganj, Kishanganj, Sheohar, Katihar, Purnia, and Madhubani, among others.

Officials said five rivers in Bihar including Mahananda, Kamla Balan, Baghmati, Lalbakeya, and Adhwara were flowing above the danger level at many places. With flood water entering in many villages, the road connection to blocks were completely disrupted, they said.