Apocalypse!!

India Today reports

This is a region where, if you have survived the night, you are not likely to get your morning cup of tea because all milk-producing livestock is dead—swept away by the angry, swirling waters.

No newspaper to know what’s happening around because the approach roads and the railway tracks have been washed away; no electricity or any other signs of civilisation.

And you cannot even venture out for fear of getting drowned. Worse still, while water is all you see for miles around, there is not a drop to drink.

For 25 lakh marooned people in six districts of Bihar, that are close to Nepal, this is Apocalypse. They have suddenly found themselves on the river bed.

And the stranded population looks blindly into the rising waters that are rapidly eating into more territories every day. Floods have never been alien to Bihar.

In fact, the state is often struck by the calamity besides famine. But this is different, because the state now has to evacuate over 12-15 lakh people, unprecedented for its sheer magnitude.

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The Kosi river is now travelling into an area where people had not experienced floods and, therefore had no fear of the disaster for at least three decades.

Today, they stand trapped between the old and the new streams of the river. The 400-metre breach that was officially detected on August 18 has now widened to almost three kilometre and is expanding further.

And since then, the river that has earned the sobriquet the “Sorrow of Bihar” is living up to its notoriety.

Sweeping through the districts of Supaul, Madhepura, Araria, Saharsa, Khagaria—and now threatening to engulf parts of Katihar and Purnia— the Kosi fury has already spelt death and destruction.

Furthermore the India Today Report goes onto add

The breach in the embankment can be plugged only after the Kosi flow is regulated back to its traditional course, which is being attempted by digging channels to guide the water back to the main river bed.

But this is a time-consuming process and is unlikely to be over before October 31. The breach, therefore, can be mended only by November, which will make the relief operations one of the longest of all times.

Unfortunately, I have not seen the help pouring out as was the case in the Tsunami disaster, maybe because what has happened is hundreds of miles away from Bangalore and hence the people do not feel the magnitude of the disaster or maybe we have become immune to the natural as well as man made disasters! All I can do is request for help and point you to http://help-biharfloodvictims.blogspot.com/

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