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Late flood relief blame on govt

Muzaffarpur, Aug. 31: Thousands of flood victims in Aurai, Katra and Gaighat blocks of the district are still waiting for relief to reach them.

District magistrate Anand Kishore had announced that one quintal wheat and Rs 2,250 would be given to each of the families whose houses have been inundated. However, the flood victims are running from pillar to post to get relief materials, the distribution of which has not yet begun.

Hundreds of families from Chainpur, Harni Tola, Mahishwara, Jonki, Raghopur, Babhangama, Madhuban, Pratap villages displaced by the flooding of Bagmati and Lakhandai rivers have been forced to take shelter on top of embankments of the flooded rivers. Though the water has started receding fast, the villages are still waterlogged.

Harni Tola resident Nemat Khatoon said acute crisis of drinking water in the makeshift shelter has left them high and dry. Bara Khurd resident Surendra Manchi said: “We had to walk 3km to fetch safe drinking water. Life is very difficult as we do not have anything to eat or drink.”

Tarbanna village resident Anik Rai said the state government has failed to help the flood victims by not distributing relief material or even providing drinking water.

Chainpur village resident Mohammed Mustafa said those who observing roza were forced to go to Muzaffarpur town to beg to eke a livelihood.

Aurai block circle officer Baikunth Sharma told The Telegraph that the relief distribution is being carried out under the supervision of members of panchayat bodies of the flood-hit villages.

He also said that complaints have been pouring in about irregularities in distribution and the officials were verifying them.

Meanwhile, member of the legislative Assembly from Aurai Surendra Kumar has requested chief minister Nitish Kumar to facilitate the immediate distribution of relief materials among the flood victims to prevent starvation deaths.

Tirhut divisional commissioner S.M. Raju said the floodwater has receded from the flood-hit areas and the people are returning their villages.

A medical team is also being sent to the embankment site where the flood victims have taken refuge.

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