PM to undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Bihar today

August 28th, 2008 - 10:05 am ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

Patna, Aug 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will today undertake an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Bihar.

After a day-long aerial survey, Dr. Singh is scheduled to review the relief and rescue measures launched by the State Government at a high-level meeting with senior officials.

Ahead of his visit, State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met the PM on Wednesday in New Delhi and sought central assistance of Rs 1000 crore and one lakh tones of foodgrains immediately for the affected people.

Earlier, Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav sought assistance from the Central Government for Bihar that has been badly hit by floods. He sought assistance by way of Air Force helicopters to be pressed into the service.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan accused the Bihar Government of failing to handle the flood situation in the State, and charged it with failing to repair river embankments despite warning.

He said the Nitish Kumar government has failed to handle the situation and lakhs of people are suffering but the government is doing nothing to help them.

Paswan blamed the Nitish Kumar Government for the present situation in the flood affected areas, and said that the State Government has failed to take any precautionary measures.

With the Kosi River continuing to unleash its fury in Bihar districts bordering Nepal, over 20 lakh people are bearing the brunt of floods.

The Army was called out to help the marooned people.

According to the Central Water Commission, the Kosi, Ganga, Ghaghra, Punpun and Burhi Gandak were flowing above the danger level at several places along their course.

The flood have affected 15 districts - Muzaffarpur, Patna, Katihar, Nalanda, West Champaran, Khagaria Sheikhpura, Purnia, Saran, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura and Araria. (ANI)

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