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Bihar CM discusses flood control strategy with Nepal Prez

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar met Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav and discussed strategies to contain the damages caused by frequent floods in the state.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Thursday met Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav and discussed
strategies to contain the damages caused by frequent floods in
the state.

Flood affects both the countries, which shares border,
and hence has to be tackled unitedly, Kumar told reporters
here after meeting Yadav, who arrived India on January 27 on a
10-day visit.

He said the Nepal President has assured to cooperate with
India and work towards reducing risks of flooding and boost
emergency responses in the event of a disaster.

Over 3.3 million people were affected in Bihar in the
2008 Kosi floods, which had occurred following a breach in the
embankment of Kosi river at Kusaha in Nepal. About one million
people were evacuated and about 4,60,000 of them were provided
temporary shelter in relief camps.

Thousands of families dependent on farming lost
livelihood due to siltation and massive damage had been caused
to housing and infrastructure.

Bihar, which shares a 726-km porous border with Nepal,
also faces problems of infiltration, smuggling of narcotics,
fake currency and human trafficking from across the border.

Kumar had apprised the Centre regarding these issues
during the chief ministers` conference on internal security
held here on February 1.

Bihar is a transit point as well as destination for
smuggling of narcotic substances from Nepal, he had said.

"We have observed spurt in illegal cultivation of poppy
and ganja in Nepal, very close to the border. This issue has
been one of the main agenda of Indo-Nepal border meetings,"
Kumar had said, urging the Centre to "suitably take up the
issue with the Government of Nepal".

PTI