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Hearty farewell to guests from flood zone

Ranchi, Sept. 25: Humanity was at its best when a city-based businessman today bade farewell to 34 Bihar flood victims with loads of food-grain and clothes.

The victims had stayed at the workshop of the businessman for almost 30 days before deciding to go back home.

While boarding the bus the victims had hope in their eyes to begin life all over again.

“They had become like my family members for the last one month. I want them to re-begin their life with courage and hope,” said Rajdev Yadav, managing director of Sarita Lamination Private Limited, Ara gate, 10 kms from the state capital.

Jharkhand Assembly speaker Alamgir Alam, state Congress chief Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu and MLA Manoj Kumar Yadav were present on the occasion.

With tears in eyes and hope for a new beginning, Sita Devi (65), mother of four sons who formed the part of the victims’ team, bade farewell to the city that had given her the most needed shelter and care.

“In exactly 10 minutes time our village was deluged in waist-deep water. Further delay in evacuating the place would have seen us all drowned,” recounted Sita.

“When the water came gushing, I was at Parshadi Chowk, which is at the end of our village—Rajni of Murliganj block in Madhepura district. I felt something was wrong. I then ran towards my house and asked everyone to come out so that we could flee,” recalled Umesh Yadav, son of Sita Devi. He said some family members started to argue with him as to why they should leave their house. “However, by this time water had reached home and they also realised the danger. We picked up our children on shoulders and ran as fast as we could,” Umesh added.

They have lost every thing but luckily all the family members of the eight families that were provided shelter by Yadav, are safe.

They have been sent to Tulisia village of Bihariganj, where the government of Bihar has put a relief camp and is recording the names of victims of the region. “We would first register our names with the government at the relief camp before we move back to our ancestral village,” said Chandra Kishore, a victim.

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