Bihar Floods: Gopalganj Bridge Partly Collapses In Gandak River After Heavy Rainfall

A portion of Sattarghat bridge on Gandak river that was inaugurated by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar last month in Gopalganj collapsed on July 15.

Jessica David

July 16, 2020

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A portion of Sattarghat bridge that was inaugurated on the Gandak river that was inaugurated by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, last month, in Gopalganj, collapsed on Wednesday (July 15) after water flow increased in the rive due to heavy rainfall. The bridge was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on June 16. Many districts in north Bihar have lost connectivity as the bride has been washed away. At the same time, the pressure of water has also increased at the Saran embankment and if the situation remains the same then Saran district will also be affected by floods.

Administration officials took stock of the situation on Wednesday evening. The team of engineer Abhay Kumar Pratap, team leader of the bridge corporation, reached an assessed the damaged. The bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 263.48 crore, aimed to reduce road distance between different towns of East Champaran to Gopalganj, Siwan and Saran districts. In 2017, a minister of Nitish Kumar’s cabinet had blamed rats for making holes in the embankments for weakening the structures and allowing river water breach through them, thus resulting in floods in Bihar.

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