Flood-hit Bihar now faces shortage of cattle fodder

September 4th, 2008 - 1:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Patna, Sept. 4 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that flood-affected state was toying with the idea of providing fodder for its starving cattle.
Kumar made an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged regions along with a top official of the state’’s animal husbandry department on Wednesday.
He said providing fodder was on the government’’s priority list along with other mitigating measures for the flood victims.
“I also have a worry of cattle, that’’s why I took the chief secretary of the state’’s animal husbandry department along with me. I have earlier said that we will provide all the relief in the tents. But, we have also instructed our officials to provide fodder for cattle in the difficult areas,” Kumar said.
Though details are not yet known, the flooding is reported to have caused immense damage to the state’’s vast number of cattle heads.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who made an aerial survey of the affected regions along with his party’’s general secretary Amar Singh, announced an assistance of one crore rupees for the flood victims.
“From the SP, we are providing a sum of rupees one crore for the flood victims of Bihar,” said Mulayam Singh.
The army has so far deployed 37 columns for flood relief operations in the state.
Three million people have been displaced from their homes and at least 90 killed by floods in Bihar, after the Kosi river burst a dam in Nepal, swamping hundreds of villages in Bihar.
Over 467,000 people have been evacuated so far.(ANI)

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