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13 lakh people marooned in Bihar floods

patna Updated: Aug 27, 2008 01:11 IST
Aloke Chatterjee
Aloke Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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Nearly 13 lakh people were marooned on Tuesday in four districts worst hit by floods in Bihar after a shifting Kosi burst its banks. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the victims to move to safer places.

With four deaths reported from Bhagalpur district in the last 24 hours, the death toll mounted to 46.

Army was called out for evaucation work and a contingent comprising about 100 men and officers with 10 motorboats rushed to Madhepura. A fourth IAF chopper is also being pressed into service from tomorrow.

The Madhepura administration also started shifting the over 550 prisoners lodged in the district jail.

“Nearly 1.25 lakh cusecs of water is flowing in the new course that Kosi has taken and if it goes up to 4 to 5 lakh cusecs by the first fortnight of October it will become difficult to save lives. A catastrophe does not fix its date of striking, it has sent warning signals and we cannot ignore these,” Kumar said in his address to the people of the flood-ravaged region broadcast by AIR.

Victims greet politicians with anger

VVIPs visiting the Kosi division, which has been devastated by floods, are facing the wrath of the people. Even CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi were not spared during their aerial survey on Sunday. Others like JD (U) legislator Rameshwar Prasad Yadav was heckled at Singheshwar in Madhepura district. Last Thursday, BJP MLA Janardan Yadav and MPs Lakshmi Mehta and Sukhdeo Paswan also received similar welcome at Sursar Dhar on the border of Araria and Supaul districts. The flood victims expected that the leaders would bring them foodstuff.