Bihar flood victims loot relief depot


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via Keep Nepal Free by Linda on 9/3/08

Whole of the north Bihar is reeling under flood as River Kosi is causing havoc in the region. In this picture, a flood-hit damaged railway track is seen near Dinapatti in Madhepura on August 22. (PTI)

One of the worst hit districts is Purnia where houses have completely submerged under water.
People living here are facing a tough time. (PTI)

The picture shows an aerial view of the flood affected Purnia in north Bihar on August 22.

The desperation of the flood victims is getting from the bad to worse. In Madhepura, people waiting for food packets looted a storage depot after the officer guarding depot tried to impose some restriction in food distribution.

With flood-hit areas facing shortage of supplies, their patience is fast running out.

"We are all running around hungry and all we are facing are atrocities and beatings. How is a man supposed to deal with that?" said Kumar, a flood victim.

Officials at the camp say the people were just not willing to wait.

"Ration was stored here to distribute among the flood victims," said Ram Chandra Singh, a police official.

"Ration had come in for distribution which was stored away. The BDO made us incharge of making sure that people gathered in a queue. When we insisted that the ration be distributed or the people would get infuriated the BDO asked people to shift their position which just made things worse," said Singh.

The Centre has already announced a 1000 crore relief package and the Army is aiding rescue and relief operations. But political blame game has already begun.

Lalu Prasad Yadav says the Nitish Kumar government is slow in implementing relief measures and Mayawati is blaming the Centre for not taking up the Kosi dam issue with Nepal.


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