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Bihar Govt not serious about tackling floods: Anwar

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 20:14 IST

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NCP on Saturday charged the Bihar government with not being serious towards tackling recurrent floods and pointed out that it had failed to fix responsibility even one year after breach in Kosi embankment.

State government's seriousness towards the problem could be gauged from the fact that the breach in the embankment at Kusaha in Nepal is yet to be repaired, NCP General Secretary Tariq Anwar told reporters here.

The breach at Kusaha on August 18 last year had caused large scale devastation in five north Bihar districts -- Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul,Purnea and Araria -- affecting a population of over 30 lakh.

Anwar said, as the government did not fix the last year's breach, the embankments continue to breach and the latest example being the breach of Bagamati embankment at Tilak Tajpur village in Sitamarhi district on Saturday last.

He said the government should break the contractor-engineer nexus failing which the embankments would continue to breach.

Expressing concern over the failure of monsoon this year, Anwar demanded that the state should be declared "drought hit" forthwith as the farmers and sharecroppers were on the verge of starvation.