Bihar Flood: Lalu Yadav terms as 'man-made' deluge

Frederick Owens
August 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken stock of the flood situation in Bihar by conducting an aerial survey of the worst-affected bordering districts of Araria, Purnea, Katihar and Kishanganj today.

Therefore, the public would like to support the CM and the PM and welcome Modi's visit which will be getting relief to the people rather than attending Lalu's anti-BJP rally which will hold nothing but criticism against the BJP-led NDA government and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

He instructed that in order to assess the claims of farmers' crop insurance; the insurance companies should send their supervisors to the flood-affected areas so that the farmers can be provided relief immediately.

Among other things, Modi said the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry would take appropriate action with regard to fix of the damaged roads in Bihar. On Saturday morning, PM Modi reached Bihar where he was received by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.

Lalu also alleged that the floods in Bihar are manmade and resulted due to opening up of dam gates. After a 50-minute aerial survey, Modi discussed flood relief schemes with the chief minister and Bihar government officers at the Chunapur airbase conference hall.

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The flood waters, however, have receded in some places, prompting many to return to their homes.

Over one crore seventy lakh people in 21 districts are affected by recent floods.

The PM was told that though 19 districts are affected by floods, damage in 13 districts including Purnea, Katihar, Kisanganj, Araria due to inundation has been enormous. No deaths were reported from Siwan district, it said.

The PM assured the state government that the Centre would provide all help to compensate the loss due to floods, the sources said.

A total of 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are taking part in rescue and relief operations, it said.

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