Nitish govt responsible for Tsunami like catastrophe in Bihar:Paswan

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Patna, Aug 27 (UNI) Minister for Steel, Chemicals and Fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan today compared the catastrophic effect of the floods in north Bihar with Tsunami and said the utter failure of the Nitish Kumar government in taking preventive measures to check the situation was responsible for the calamity.

After making an aerial survey of flood ravaged areas of the state, Mr Paswan told newspersons here that catastrophe like situation was prevailing in six districts of north Bihar as millions of people were left at the mercy of God with virtually no relief work was being carried out by the NDA government.

''During my aerial survey of flood affected areas, only two country made boats were visible while food packets being dropped for the marooned people were like drop in the ocean,'' Mr Paswan said, adding not a single food packet was dropped during the day due to bad weather.

''The state government should have pressed sufficient number of boats into service for distribution of relief materials among the flood victims as it would have been more effective in reaching the affected villages despite hostile weather,'' Mr Paswan said and added that airdropping of food packets could also continue simultaneously.

He said the state government failed to assess the situation properly and it was very late when the Chief Minister talked to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee for seeking assistance of the Nepal government in repairing works of breached Kosi embankment in Nepal territory.

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