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Dismantle Farakka to save Bihar from recurrent floods, Nitish to Centre

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today demanded removal of Farraka barrage over Ganga river to save the state from devastating floods each year.

Kumar made this demand before the centre today after the turbulent Ganga and its tributaries caused floods in many districts of the state and also threatened to flood Patna, the capital of Bihar state.

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“The main reason behind recurring flooding is siltation in Ganga apparently caused by the Farakka dam. The siltation has left the river shallow as a result of which even little rains in the catchment areas or discharge of water in the river leads to flooding,” Kumar told the media in Patna today.

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He urged the centre to take up some urgent steps lest the situation may turn grave in days to come.

“I have been raising the issue for long but the centre has ignored my demand,” he said.

He also conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit area and ordered the authorities to launch rescue and relief operation on war-footing.

The CM appealed to the villagers settled in diyara areas to flee their homes and take shelter in relief camps set up by the state government saying the problem was not over.

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