Not Enough Water This was taken at the Monsoon
I have the good fortune to live near a river.
Last year for the first time in living memory last year it was a dry sandy bed during the rainy season. This followed on from a poor monsoon the previous year.
Working with our Health Team and in tandem with the appeal on Global Giving for a healthy meal programme for children we are doing our best to alleviate the effect of the drought.
We have for example provided with your help provided water pumps at two village schools, but our concern is great as the blistering hot summer days are almost upon us .We had previously provided new 5 deep water pumps which are saving lives due to your assistance. You are helping to transform and save lives.
This from news sources,it is not new but from last year, we are including it in this report because very little was done at grass roots level to alleviate the situation and NGO's have a vital role to play, working as they do directly with local people.
In Bihar, 28 districts have been declared as famine-hit.
After the meeting, Kumar told reporters that the Prime Minister gave him assurance of a visit by the central team to assess the situation.
"Bihar is facing severe drought-like situation and because of scanty rainfall we had to declare 28 out of 38 districts as drought-affected. Remaining 10 districts have also been kept under surveillance. If there is no rain in August we will have to declare these district also as drought affected," Kumar said.
The Bihar chief minister said that immediate financial assistance from the Centre is required to meet the situation in his state as "we have negative balance in state calamity relief fund".
The state government will need more funds to tackle the situation but that will be discussed with the Centre in second stage after provision is done for the initial assistance, he said.
"Right from 2007, we have been suffering from natural calamities. In 2007, 22 districts were badly hit by floods that affected 25 million people. In 2008, we had to face Kosi tragedy. Thereafter in 2009, 26 out of 38 districts were affected by drought. This year, intensity (of drought) is much more than the last year," he said.
Your assistance is so much appreciated.
It will be used directly and quickly at the point of need.
Please look out for further reports.
Washing Pots in Bihar