India, Jan. 19 -- All 38 districts in the state recorded an increase

In the last one year, groundwater increased 1.3 metre in Barh block, 2m in Bihta and Bakhtiyarpur blocks and 1m in Patna Sadar block in Patna district.

Similarly, in drought-prone Aurangabad district, the groundwater level increased by 3m in Obra block and in Arwal district, it went up by 1m.

The highest rise, of 9m, was recorded in Asthawan, Noorsarai and Rahui blocks in Nalanda district. In Nawada district, the level increased by 4m, said the report by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) and Minor Water Resources Department published in January, 2021.

Gaya, which faced the worst water crisis in 2019, also recorded increase in groundwater level last year...