God Help Bihar.
With Drought in the South and Floods in the North, freezing winters and red hot summers the state does seem to get the worst of all weathers. Huge improvement works are needed in flood relief schemes and embankments are needed, obvouisly engineering on a scale way beyond the capacity of a NGO. But can we can do is help to relieve the suffering by providing animals to families, to help strengthen and raise thier houses, to give loans for tea stalls and small shops so they can provide for thier families, And help villagers defend thier homes and communities by building ditches and earthbanks. We can give medicine to children, we can provide clean water to help stop the spread of illness and your support can help so much as it is used directly and immediately in the affected communities.
This press report is from today July 15th
Thousands of people in Bihar fled their homes on Wednesday as floodwaters entered over 100 villages and threatened to inundate many others. Nearly 100 villages in Aurai, Katra and Gaighat blocks of Muzaffarpur have been inundated since Monday. Water also entered dozens of villages in Bagaha district after levels rose in all the major rivers
According to the Central Water Commission, the water level in major rivers Kosi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Kamlabalan, Adhwara and Bagmati has increased in the last 48 hours.
"All the rivers are in full spate following heavy rains. Some rivers may cross the red mark late Wednesday or Thursday," an official said.
Reports reaching here said people were fleeing their homes in Muzaffarpur, Bagaha, Saharsa and Purnea districts.
Heavy rains reportedly damaged embankments in Muzaffarpur and Bagaha. The district officials have initiated the move to check erosion," said an official of the water resources department
More water is expected to enter the villages as the embankment of the Bagmati river in Muzaffarpur and the Gandak in Bagaha have been threatened. The rising water level in rivers is putting pressure on embankments.
"All engineers have been directed to be ready with necessary equipment and boulders to face any situation and to protect the embankments," an engineer said.
In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi river breached its bank upstream in Nepal and changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in Bihar in the last 50 years.