PATNA: Man and animals shared space on the same boat to survive as the flood situation turned further grim in Bihar on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all helps to the flood-hit states even as home minister Rajnath Singh also called up Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to know about the situation.
“Centre assures total support in the rescue & relief operations. I hope the situation in the affected areas normalizes at the earliest,” the PM tweeted today.
He added the Home Minister was closely monitoring the situation.
Floods have affected more a million population settled in eight districts of Bihar for the past three days, forcing the villagers to flee homes and take shelters along river embankments, rooftops, roads and trees.
The state government has launched a massive relief and rescue operation in the flood hot areas but the worsening flood has made life difficult especially in the countryside.
Today the flood waters entered fresh areas, forcing the villagers to flee for safer areas.
Floods have been caused by heavy discharge of waters in to Sone river from dams in MP and Chhattisgarh. This has led Ganga and its tributaries swell alarmingly and flood its coastal region.
Yesterday, Bihar chief minister Kumar demanded removal of Farraka barrage over Ganga river, blaming for recurring floods in the state.
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.
“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.
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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