Bihar govt ready as water level of Kosi rises: CM

Turbulent Kosi had in October 2008 breached its embankment in Kusaha in Nepal and charted its new course causing unprecedented floods.

Updated: Jun 20, 2011, 18:41 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Monday said the state government was "ready and alert" and all
precautionary measures had been taken and rescue work started
following reports of increase in the water level of River
Kosi.

Turbulent Kosi had in October 2008 breached its embankment
in Kusaha in Nepal and charted its new course causing
unprecedented floods in Bihar`s five districts -- Araria,
Purnia, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura -- rendering lakhs
homeless.

"We are alert and ready... all precautionary measures
have been taken for flood protection and rescue works", Kumar
told reporters, adding preparations were being taken on a
war-footing for rescue operations.

Referring to his attempts to pressurise the Centre to
hold talks with Nepal to ensure excavation of a pilot channel
to ease pressure on its eastern embankment, he said the two
sides had agreed for excavation of 1.5 km pilot channel but
the work was yet to begin as the official order had not yet
reached the lower authorities in Nepal.

The Chief Minister heard the grievances of more than 300
people during today`s Janata Darbar after Kumar`s week-long
tour of China last week.

PTI