Swirling Ganga continued to play havoc in nearly a dozen districts, including Bhagalgur, Khagaria and Begusarai, putting pressure on embankments, posing serious threat to several small towns and hundreds of villages.

Fresh areas have been inundated since Tuesday in these districts, an official said. State Water Resources Development Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary told media persons in Patna that for the first time in the last decade, Ganga has risen beyond its previous record levels.

But, he quickly added that all river embankments are safe and there is no need for panic. Arun Kumar, an official of Water Resources Development, said that the flood situation would improve by Thursday as all the major rivers are showing signs of receding.

Officials said that standing crops, including bananas, worth crores of rupees have been destroyed and road communication at several places has got snapped.

"Rising rivers have badly hit paddy cultivation and destroyed standing banana and maize crops in Vaishali, Khagaria, Bhagalpur and other districts," he said.


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