Bihar: Nitish Kumar reviews flood situation

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Patna, Aug 20: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today reviewed the flood situation in seven districts of the state, after breaches in Kosi embankment in Nepal territory.

Mr Kumar directed the principal secretary of State Disaster Management Department R K Singh to visit the flood affected areas and ensure relief to the flood victims, without further loss of time.

Principal secretary of Water Resources Department and engineers were also directed by the Chief Minister to gear up the flood control measures and ensure extra vigilance on vulnerable embankments of swollen rivers in North Bihar.

Earlier, Chief Minister had sent a letter to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee drawing his attention towards non- cooperation from the Nepal government in extending administrative support for repairing of Kosi embankment that breached in Nepal territory. It was unfortunate that Nepal government did not extend help despite an agreement to this effect between India and Nepal in this regard, he regretted in the letter.

Meanwhile, reports reaching from Bagaha said that more than two lakh cusec water had been released from Gandak barrage at Balmikinagar inundating four blocks of the West Champaran district.

Hundreds of villages in Supaul, Purnea, Bhagalpur, Madhepura, Samastipur were inundated by the flood water.


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