Latest Bihar flood Stories

2008-09-11 13:45:00

In August torrential rains devastated the banks of the Kosi River of eastern India, displacing more than 3 million people. The monsoon rains weren't unprecedented, they occur every few years, which is why experts say the government should have been better prepared for such a scenario. "This is the mother of all floods," said P.V. Unnikrishnan of aid agency ActionAid. The Kosi, which feeds into the Ganges, flooded an area roughly the size of Belgium. The floods changed the course of the...

2008-09-01 00:02:27

By The Associated Press SAHARSA, India (AP) - The deluge came and turned his world to water, so Umesh Kushyaha decided to build a boat. Kushyaha squatted Saturday hammering nails into his rickety- looking wooden row boat on the side of the road, a lone strip of dry land that cuts across miles of water. He was preparing for what authorities say will be months more of life submerged under floodwaters. About 1.2 million people have been left homeless and scores have been killed in the...

2008-08-30 09:01:03

NEW DELHI: Natural calamities can blur political lines, providing at least briefly, a respite from relentless rivalries. But Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's flight to Bihar on Thursday to assess the Kosi disaster looked like a UPA delegation. The flight's passenger manifest did not have any non-UPA representation despite Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar having met the PM on Wednesday and having asked Singh about his plans to visit the state. The CM remained overnight in the Capital and...

2008-08-30 09:00:25

By Andrew Buncombe It is a landscape of despair. The carcasses of dead animals lie adrift in the flood water, rotting and stinking. Entire villages in one of India's poorest states have been washed away and millions of people have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding in the region for 50 years. One aerial photograph showed a railway station - seemingly the only piece of land above water for miles in all directions - on to which countless people were crowded. India's Prime...

2008-08-29 09:00:37

The death toll from flood waters in the east Indian state of Bihar continues to rise. Emergency officials say at least 65 people have died because of rising flood waters from a burst dam on the Kosi River. That's 10 more victims than reported earlier this week. The dam burst earlier this month in neighboring Nepal and flowed into Bihar, smashing villages and ruining crop land, Press Trust of India reported Friday. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and have little to...

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