Ram Narayan Sah woke up from slumber in a makeshift hutment on a bund near Murliganj when he heard hissing sounds. Before he could see the reptile near him he was bitten. Till the break of the dawn he remained unconscious. Next morning people took him to Murliganj on a boat. But he died before medical help could reach him.
Living with snakes and scorpions has become the destiny of many flood-hit people of Muraliganj, Kumarkhand and Ramnagar. The hissing of the snakes and strongest ever current of Kosi are frightening the marooned people stuck in waters in several villages.
Keshav Kamat, rescued by the army, said: “We are lucky enough to reach dry land. But many of my kith and kin are still trapped in Muraliganj, Kumarkhand, Ramnagar and other villages. They are living between the jaws of two demons, poisonous creatures and Kosi current, and might be devoured anytime.
Kundan Kumar of Kumarkhand said snakebite cases have added to the miseries of marooned people. “We helplessly watched many deaths due to snakebites. Two persons succumbed to snakebites at Kumarkhand,” he added.
Umesh Kumar of Muraliganj, who was rescued by army on Saturday, has the same fear.