The flood level of the Ganges river, which rose to its highest mark for one hundred years, is beginning to fall again.
GV Boats anchored on banks of Ganges at Gandhi Ghat
CU & GV flood water in Ganges (3 shots)
GV Souses surrounded by flood water (2 shots)
CU Water level indicator
GV Children on board boat (2 shots)
SV Refugees wading through water
LV House nearly covered by flood water
GV & SV People wading through flood water (3 shots)
GV & SV Refugees camped near petrol station
GV Cattle on high ground
GV People walk along banks of Ganges (2 shots)
SV Refugees wading through flood water
GV Flood water (2 shots)
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Background: The flood level of the Ganges river, which rose to its highest mark for one hundred years, is beginning to fall again. The danger to the city of Patna in India has now decreased. But cholera has been reported in the flooded areas of Bihar state; and a former Bihar chief minister has said after a ten-day tour of the area that a terrible famine was threatening Bihar.
SYNOPSIS: For three weeks the water-level of the Ganges river has been rising following monsoon floods. And a cholera epidemic has been reported sweeping through some areas of northern Bihar state. Now the water level in some parts has begun to drop.
Houses have been evacuated and the city of Patna at one time was threatened with wide spread flooding.
The Ganges river rose to its highest level for 100 years. At one point the level stood at three foot above the danger mark. Whole areas were evacuated.
A ruling Congress party leader told newsmen in Patna that 58 people have died of cholera in nine villages. And he said that 280 cases of cholera had been reported from the area. He described large areas of the land he had visited as "veritable oceans" - stretches of land 100 kilometres long were underwater.
Refugees from the rising water sought high land. And although the immediate danger from the Ganges to the city of Patna is reported past, there are no signs that the tributaries of the Ganges are going down too. People are still transporting their belongings to safer ground.
The danger to Patna was averted by the construction of two embankments And army and civilian engineers working around the clock raised the level of another embarkment nearly one and a half kilometres long by one metre. Now the latest danger to be reported is famine.