Nitish carries aerial survey of flood-affected areas

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 20:21

Sitamarhi (Bihar): Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar on Sunday carried out an aerial survey of flood-hit
areas near Tilak-Tajpur in Sitamarhi district where swollen
Bagmati river breached its embankment affecting about one lakh
people.

Kumar also held a high-level review meeting with the
chief secretary, the principal secretary of disaster
management, the Road Construction Department Secretary and the
District Magistrate here to assess the flood situation after
the breach in the embankment yesterday.

Stating that a team of high-level officers would probe
the reasons behind the breach in the embankment, Kumar said
that culprits would not be spared and stern action would
follow.

To provide succour to the affected people, Kumar said
that government would set up camps in the flood-hit areas of
the district and also provide relief materials to those
marooned people who did not want to come to the relief camps.

A committee comprising of all parties would be formed
at panchayat levels which would prepare the list of flood
victims for the purpose of providing relief materials to them,
he said. When asked whether the breach was the result of lapses
On the part of engineers, Kumar said that he would not comment
till a report in this regard come.

The swollen Bagmati river had breached its embankment
yesterday near Tilak-Tajpur village under Runnisaidpur block
of Sitamarhi district affeating around one lakh people of the
area.

At leact 45 villages of eight panchayats were inundated
by the 45-50 metre wide breach.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 20:21

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