Relief work speeded up in flood-hit BiharSeptember 4th, 2008 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Saharsa (Bihar), Sep 4 (ANI): Authorities and self -help groups have stepped up relief work and set up community kitchens in flood-hit Saharsa district of Bihar.
The district is among the worst affected areas in the state ravaged by the Kosi river.
The state government is endeavouring to create make shift shelters for the people who have lost their houses in the devastating floods.
Many voluntary groups have also come forward to mitigate the miseries of the victims and provide them food.
Dinesh Chandra Yadav, Industry Minister of Bihar, who has been overseeing the setting relief camp in Saharsa district, said that the government is making every effort to provide relief to the flood victims.
“Every one should understand that in a relief camp one couldn”t get the comforts of home. However, our efforts are to ensure that no flood victim dies from hunger, diseases or faces dearth of (drinking) water,” said Yadav.
The flooding, said to be the worst in 50 years, was caused after an embankment of the Kosi River was breached in Nepal, from where it originates. This unleashed huge waves of water which smashed mud embankments downstream in Bihar.
The waters of the Kosi gushed into the state, inundating vast tracts and affecting around two million people. (ANI)