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Flood-hit Bihar seeks Rs 3,220 crore assistance

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | August 08, 2007 10:33 IST
Last Updated: August 08, 2007 10:37 IST

Days after floods ravaged large parts of Bihar, the state government has sought Rs 3,220 crore as central assistance to cope with the heavy damages.

In a four-page memorandum, the state government sought Rs 3,220 crore from the centre for the massive damages caused to life and property across 19 of its 38 districts.

Bihar has sought 20 lakh tonnes of wheat and rice for distribution as relief among the hundreds of thousands of flood victims, mostly displaced and homeless, currently living on the embankments, roads, bridges, and rooftops.

In view of damage of crops in over 10.5 lakh hectares, it urged the Centre to help for the compensation. The standing crops of worth Rs 3,300 crore were damaged by the floods.

The memorandum was submitted to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after Patil undertook an aerial survey of the flood affected areas on Tuesday. The government has urged Patil to send a central team to evaluate the damage caused by the floods immediately.

Officials sources said that state government was assessing the damages caused by the floods and would submit a detailed memorandum for the additional central assistance next week.

Over 12 million people in over 6,000 villages have been affected by the severe floods.

Floods have claimed over 100 lives so far, destroyed hundreds of homes and cut off several districts.