Vocational training for flood victims in Bihar

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Saharsa (Bihar), Sept 13 : Authorities in Saharsa district of Bihar are running relief camps where flood survivors engage themselves in activities like basket making, weaving and stitching to earn their livelihood.

People who survived devastating floods continue to live in makeshift tent camps and are making the best out of the resources available to them.

"These people have lost everything in the floods and they are living in these relief camps. We are providing them with training so that they are able to earn a livelihood after they leave from here," said S.S. Ram, one of the relief camp organizers.

Those in the camp said that they are happy that they are being shown a way to deal with the difficult life that lies ahead.

"We were stuck in the floods like anything. We have nothing left. We are learning new skills here. We will get a training certificate also from here so that we can start afresh," said Mangli Devi, a flood victim.

Bihar has witnessed the worst floods in living memory. Over three million people have been displaced and over 90 people have lost their lives because of the catastrophe caused by the Kosi River. The government and the self-help groups are striving hard to evacuate the people and prevent spread of an epidemic.

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