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Bihar Floods
Nitish to take up challenge
Vibha Sharma writes from Purnea

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was here today to inspect a mega camp at Maranga, about three km off Purnea. He promised to turn the challenge posed by the Kosi into an opportunity and assured flood victims better houses and facilities than they had before the Kosi struck its fury.

In all, a slew of promises with better and more opportunities for flood-affected people, farmers and traders is what the Chief Minister reeled out as he promised to turn the entire flood-affected Kosi region into a “much better Kosi region” than it was before the disaster.

The Chief Minister also instructed the administration to change the rice that was being served there as he did not like its quality. Though it is another matter that in the same camp, 60-year-old Atma Swaroop Jagdish, a flood victim from Murliganj in Madhepura, was turned out as he was alone and only families were permitted to stay there.

In the railway relief camp, young Fatima could be seen struggling with her new-born baby after the district hospital authorities asked her to return to the camp with her one-day-old baby.

Though not much affected by the floods, the township has been in news for paying hospitality to flood refugees from Madhepura, the worst affected district.

Purnea has been the hub of relief and rescue operations with the Air Force base here airdropping relief material in Madhepura, Supaul, Araia and other flood-affected areas of Saharsa.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that he has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he would submit a memorandum seeking Central package for rehabilitation and relief.



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