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2008-09-16 00:00:30

By ARUN KUMAR PATNA: Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar has expressed anguish over the poor medicare facilities at the hospital in the flood-affected Saharsa district. In a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday, Patkar expressed concern over the death of one Bhumi Bhai Pal of village Bhimnagar. He died at the Saharsa railway station as the doctors in Saharsa referred him to Patna despite the fact that the deluge had made transportation a major problem. She said...

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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...

2008-09-02 18:00:03

DOCTORS and medical equipment were being rushed to flood- devastated northern India yesterday in hopes of preventing disease spreading among the hundreds of thousands of victims crowding into refugee camps. Nearly half of the 1.2 million people who were left homeless when the Kosi River burst its banks two weeks ago had been rescued by yesterday, and officials hope to reach the others in the next three days. About 250,000 refugees were in government and relief agency camps, said Prataya...

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...

2008-08-31 09:00:16

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ By Gavin Rabinowitz The Associated Press SAHARSA, India 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 rowboat 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 floodwater. About 1.2 million people have been left homeless 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...

2008-08-27 21:00:40

PATNA: Taking note of the health hazard caused due to impure drinking water in the flood-affected areas, the health department has come up with an innovative idea to ensure the purification of drinking water sources in theaffected areas. The department is adding packets, in the food packets being dropped amongmarooned people, which contains Halogen tablets. These are used for purifying the sources of drinking water. The department has also put in a slip with the tablets giving guidelines...