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India, Nepal pledge to tame Kosi by March next year
This year in December, when the water level of the river subsides, both India and Nepal will work together to repair the ravaged embankment of the Kosi by March 2009.
Judicial probe into breach begins
Probe by the one-man inquiry panel set up to investigate the Kosi breach officially began with panel head Rajesh Balia taking a aerial survey of the breach and the flood-affected areas.
India, Nepal to review 1950 treaty, tackle floods jointly
In a major step to redefine their age-old ties, India and Nepal have agreed to revise the 58-year-old Peace and Friendship Treaty and New Delhi announced around $5 million for flood victims in the neighbouring country.
AMU docs to provide free service to flood victims in Bihar
At least 20 doctors of AMU will visit the flood-hit state to provide medical services to the victims free of cost. The doctors have also raised relief funds worth Rs 4,00,000 that would be handed over to the authorities in Bihar.
Flood victims asked to stay in camps till Oct 15
Flood victims have been requested not to return to their marooned houses as water level is likely to go up once the river reaches its peak flow towards the end of the month.
Soren appeals for funds for Bihar flood victims
In an advertisement by the state public relation department in local newspapers, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren, says people of Jharkhand are with the flood victims of Bihar.
Relief for pregnant women, infants in flood-affected areas
Every mother will be given Rs 10,000 as state grant if she gives birth to a male child. In case of a daughter's birth, a payment of Rs 11,000 will be made, writes Amitabh Srivastava.
Paswan seeks inquiry into Kosi breach
LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan demands an inquiry into Kosi embankment breach that caused deluge in 5 Bihar districts affecting over 30 lakh people.
Bihar flood victims prone to water-borne diseases
Severe flooding across five Bihar districts has now left many people vulnerable to water-borne diseases, State Government has admitted. Amitabh Srivastava reports.
As Bihar reels, fate of Rs 750 bn project hangs in balance
The Rs 750 billion project, which aims at building three barrages along Kosi, Bagmati and Gandak, has been put on the backburner due to poor communication with Nepal.
Bihar's tragedy, a shocking failure
The floods have triggered off an unprecedented human catastrophe and massive population displacement. Yet, the state's biggest challenges lie in the months to come, report Farzand Ahmed and Amitabh Srivastava.
Police official arrested for molestation of flood victim
K.K. Choudhary, a sub-inspector with the Bihar police, was arrested and suspended for alleged molestation of a flood victim in Bihar's Araria district. The victim was among many others taking shelter in a railway station.
Evacuation stopped in Bihar as situation improves
Around 9 lakh people were evacuated during the operations launched by over 6,000 personnel from the army, navy, national disaster response force, besides the state police.
WHO chips in to help flood victims
The WHO assistance is aimed at minimising the risk of disease outbreaks and provide basic healthcare for the millions affected by Kosi river floods.
EXCLUSIVE: The never-ending wait of weeping wives, stranded children
'Everyone was in pain, in agony. Each one of them had lost something or someone...' Here's a first person account of Amitabh Srivastava on his experience in two of Bihar's worst-affected districts.
Govt in dilemma as flood victims refuse to leave homes
Several rescue boats have had to return empty with flood victims refusing to get rescued. The government now plans to air-drop printed appeals to the affected people.
Flood situation eases further in Bihar, 7.69 lakh evacuated
Over 2.78 lakh people are taking shelter in 256 relief camps and many more have been shifted to other safer places. There are also reports of water level going down by 2-3 feet in some places.
Nepal declares emergency in flood-hit areas
Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal declares a state of emergency in southern Nepal to speed up rescue, relief and rehabilitation work. The move was compelled by the outbreak of water-borne diseases inrelief camps.
Rs 1,000 cr, foodgrains for Bihar
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared the flood situation in Bihar a national calamity and offered the state a central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore and 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains.
Declare Bihar floods as national calamity: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the floods in Bihar should be declared a national calamity and the central government should bear the burden of the relief and rehabilitation operations in the state.
Flood situation grim; people seek safety on roof tops
The flood situation in Bihar continues to be grim with people climbing on rooftops of educational institutions for safety, even as such buildings are showing signs of collapse.
Rising Kosi echoes in empty Bihar town
According to state Disaster Management Minister Nitish Mishra, over 10,000 of the 45,000 population in this town, about 250 km from the state capital Patna, have fled in the last 24 hours.
Cong, BJP legislators to donate salaries for Bihar flood victims
While Congress lawmakers will be donating their one-month's salary, BJP legislators will donate their 15 days' pay.
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