The engineering solutions put in place to tackle the issue of floods has created more problems than solutions in Bihar, says former IIT professor and doyen of water experts Dinesh Mishra
Engineers have channelled the Kosi over a long distance before building the Atal Setu in Bihar, raising the risk of higher flood surges
With 19 more deaths, the toll in Bihar floods on Saturday went upto 198, even as the water levels of swollen Ganga started receding at many places in the state, except in Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district where the river is flowing above danger mark.
The ravaging flood waters of the Ganga forced Nitish to meet Modi and seek help but perhaps in a much friendlier manner than before.
Flooding in Bihar is mainly due to heavy rainfall in Nepal's catchment areas. Around 17.85 lakh people have been hit in 10 districts while 22 have died.
Major rivers in Bihar, especially the Kosi, Gandak, Bagmati and the Ganga, are in spate following heavy rains in their upstream areas, posing a threat of floods, officials said on Monday.
Most of the people who had taken shelter in the relief camps in Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa district of Bihar today returned to their villages following the withdrawal of flash flood alert in the Kosi river by the state government yesterday.
The looming threat of flood in river Kosi has been controlled because of joint efforts of disaster management authorities of India and Nepal, Government told Lok Sabha.
The Bihar government Tuesday stopped forcible evacuation of people after the flood threat in the state abated, an official said Tuesday.
One of the major problem coming in the way of evacuation of people from Kosi area in view of threat of flood from Nepal is to convince people to move out.
Government today said so far there is no rise in the water level of river Kosi and there is no imminent danger but all precautionary measures are in place to deal with any eventuality.
Over 65,000 people were evacuated in Bihar on Monday amid a flood alert, following a rise in the water level of Kosi river.
Thousands of people have fled their homes fearing the worst after government issued an alert over likely floods in Supaul, Saharsa, Madhubani, Purnea, Khagaria and Madhepura districts of the Kosi region, according to reports reaching here.
Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth Sunday chaired a National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting following a flood alert in Bihar.