Patna: Flood control measures in
flood-districts of north Bihar was almost complete with
special thrust being given to strengthening of embankments and
taking up anti-erosion work taking lessons from the 2008
deluge caused by river Kosi.
Bihar Minister for Water Resources Development Bijendra
Prasad Yadav said here today that majority of Rs 400
crore schemes aimed at strengthening the embankments and
anti-erosion work in the basins of turbulent river Kosi,
Gandak, Bagamati,Burhi Gandak, Ganga and Adhwarha group of
rivers had been completed on war footing before the advent of
the monsoon that usually enter Bihar in the second week of
Yadav has convened a meeting of the chief engineers of
various divisions here tomorrow to review the flood fighting
measures undertaken by the department as the flood control
measures should be completed latest by May 31.
The river Kosi had changed its course after breaking its
embankment at Kusaha in Nepal on August 18, 2008 causing a
deluge in five north Bihar districts -- Saharsa, Madhepura,
Supaul, Purnia and Araria districts claiming human lives and
causing extensive damage to standing crop and infrastructure.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after making an aerial
survey of the devastated area had termed the 2008 Bihar floods
as "national calamity".