Flood victims blame Bihar officials
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 21:50
Gopalganj: The flood-hit people of Gopalganj district, where the river Gandak on its changed course breached a newly built ring bund this morning after cracking an embankment on September 15, are angry at the administration for not taking proper step to save their lives and property.

Pankaj Kumar Gupta of Semaria village near which the bund was breached criticised the local MLA, Ram Pravesh Rai, also a minister, saying "We are facing such a situation as he had failed to inform the administration in time that the rickety bund would not be able face the onslaught of Gandak."

An old person of Sarkara village Budhan Manjhi charged the government officials with deliberately delaying to save the bund. "Had they taken proper measures, the bund would not have caved in."

Gharmati Devi of the same village is cut up with the media. She said "you people have no time for the sufferers like us except for taking pictures of politicians.. first we were facing drought like situation now the river had washed away everything. How shall we survive in months to come?"

"There would be no no work for us for the next few months as we have to wait for the flood waters to receede from the fields," she said.

The affected people are leaving to safer places and relief camps leaving behind their belongings.

The flood waters of swollen river Gandak entered several villages of Barauli block after the new ring bund collapsed in a stretch of 30 metres near Simeria village this morning.


First Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 21:50

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