Nitish Kumar asks flood victims to stay in safer places for some more time

September 9th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Patna , Sept 9 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the flood victims of the state to stay outside for some more time till the rains subside.

Kumar conducted a survey of flood-hit Purnia, Araria and visited the relief camp at Forbesganj on Monday.

Kumar told reporters at Patna Airport that people should wait for some more days before going back to their homes.

“I pray to God that water level doesn”t rise further, but what if it increases? So people should not play with danger till October 10-15. One view was necessary at this point of time. What has to be done, we”ll think about it later. But, at present we would appeal that it’’s better if people stay outside. No one can predict. If heavy rains begin in already flooded Kosi area, then situation might get worse there,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, students of the Patna Women’’s College are collecting funds for flood victims. Carrying donation boxes the girls stopped traffic on road and appealed for help.

“It’’s a very good effort. Everyone should come forward and contribute. We have got this opportunity to contribute so we will do it,” said Santosh, a passerby who donated.

Flood waters in Bihar have been receding over the past week in some areas, exposing bloated bodies and rotting carcasses caught in bamboo groves and bushes.

The floods have displaced over three million people in Bihar , destroyed 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) of farmland and killed at least 90 people.

The Kosi River , which originates in Nepal , burst a dam last month and unleashed the worst flooding in Bihar in 50 years.

Last week, authorities airdropped leaflets to villagers appealing for thousands of people remaining in their homes to evacuate as heavy rains risked more flooding.

The Government has evacuated over 9 lakh people already, but there are still thousands who want to be evacuated. (ANI)

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