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Central team to survey flood-hit Bihar

A Correspondent in Delhi | September 01, 2008 12:46 IST

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A Central team will survey flood-affected areas of Bihar on Monday and Tuesday.

The team will comprise the joint secretaries of six Union ministries -- home, agriculture, finance, health & rehabilitation, civil supplies & food and social welfare. The team will assess the damage and submit a report to the Prime Minister's Office by the end of this week.

The composition of the team has been worked out, a special aircraft is expected to take them to Patna first on Monday evening.

To work out these details, Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta had a detailed meeting with Cabient Secretary K M Chandrasekhar on Monday.

The Centre wants more motor boats to ferry the drowned.

T Nand Kumar who assumed office as secretary of Union Ministry of Agricultre also joined the discussion.

Nand Kumar is a Bihar cadre IAS officer. Hence, he knows the real problems the state faces as of now.

The governments of Kerala [Images] and West Bengal will assist Bihar with more motor boats and divers to rescue marooned people.

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