New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected six districts — including Patna, where the situation has worsened due to rising water level in the Ganga and its tributaries.
He demanded the removal of Farakka barrage on the Ganga river.
“It is not possible to protect Bihar from devastating floods without removal of Farakka barrage on the Ganga river,” Nitish Kumar told the media in Patna.
“I have been raising this demand for some time but the central government has so far ignored it,” he added.
Nitish Kumar visited the affected areas a day after the overflowing waters of the Ganga river entered Patna city and created fear among residents living in localities near its banks.
The Gandak and Kosi Rivers are under control, but Sone River has created a lot of problem, Nitish Kumar said on the continuous rise of river Ganga.
The Chief Minister said five teams of NDRF have been sent to the flood affected areas for relief and rescue operations.
To evacuate the area and take people to relief camps are of utmost importance. Steps are being taken to save animals too: Bihar CM in Patna
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 21, 2016
(With IANS inputs)