New Delhi: The death toll in Bihar floods has risen astoundingly to 198 despite the state experiencing less-than-average rainfall this season.  Albeit the water levels of Ganga have receded, the fierce deluge in Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district had wreaked havoc in other places.

The recent death of 19 people has been reported from five districts in Bihar.

Of the 19 dead, Patna accounted for the maximum 10 deaths which is followed by Saran with 6 deaths. One died in each district of Lakhisarai, Samastipur and Begusarai, confirmed the Disaster Management Department.

More than 6 lakh people have been evacuated from 12 districts in Bihar following the release of large amount of water from Nepal. Although the levels of Ganga have receded at Digha Ghat, Gandhi ghat and Hathidah in Patna district, the real danger is still prevalent in Kahalgaon of Bhagalpur district.

More than 2,500 boats have been deployed for evacuation and a total of 696 relief camps have been set up.

The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has been criticised for poor management of dams and the impending disaster which resulted from it.