3.60 lakh flood victims find shelter in relief camps in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 20 (UNI) The state government has made elaborate arrangements to provide essential services to about 3.60 lakhs flood victims, taking shelter in mega relief camps set up in flood ravaged districts of north Bihar.

Principal Secretary of the state disaster management department R K Singh told reporters here that the state government had geared up all its machineries to provide facilities to the flood victims to ensure their hassle-free stay in the relief camps for about three months.

'' It will take at least three months to make the arrangements for return of the flood victims to their respective villages,'' Mr Singh said adding the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase of the post relief operation would continue even for longer period.

'' Despite a few shortcomings, the arrangements for the flood victims is satisfactory'', Mr Singh said and added it was perhaps for the first time in the country that relief camps had been set up for such a large number of flood victims.

He said altogether 318 relief camps and 230 medical camps had been set up for 3.60 lakhs flood victims who were rescued by the state administration, army, Non Government Organisation(NG0), and other agencies from inundated areas of worst hit districts-- Araria, Madhepura, Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa.

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