PM and Sonia to visit flood affected Bihar

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Patna, Aug 28: A rather bleak situation still continues on Thursday, Aug 28 in Bihar after River Kosi breached fresh ground on Wednesday, submerging many more villages and displacing thousands. "The situation will remain to be in spate until October. We have sent aids and the existing relief camps and the people who have reached relief camps are also going tough ", says Nitish Kumar.

"Bihar is hit by 'pralay' (deluge) and is threatning to gobble larger part of North Bihar, on the Indo-Nepal border", appealed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. He also requested to rush to the flood affected area in Bihar and provide relief for the millions marooned. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi will be visiting the flood affected areas and provide relief for the marooned people.

"A major relief camp has been started wherein in a systematic manner we are providing drinking water facilities, toilet facilities and mobile medical teams have been deputed", says DM Purnia, Sridhar.

As Kosi river is rising, people are moving to higher grounds without vouching on the relief camps.

The sources recalled that the last major repair and maintenance work on the embankment took place way back in 1993. “The situation turned grave this year with the turbulent river changing its course and in the process breaching the embankment already weakened by the lack of repair work at two places," said former state water resources Minister Jagdanand Singh.

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