SUPAUL: "Kosi mein paeen tadtada ke badhi rahel chhai," Brahmdeo Sardar of Barainya Baltharwa village was heard talking over his mobile set at Kosi bridge on Sunday noon.

SUPAUL: Destruction caused by breach in Kosi embankment at Kusaha on August 18, 2008, is still an issue in 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Supaul, which was the worst hit.

Around 82 inaccessible, remote villages in Gopalganj, Saharsa, Supaul and Kaimur districts would be energised under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification programme (RGREP) in Bihar, the State Hydel Po

More than 70,000 families are facing the wrath of the turbulent Ganga in Bihar's Bhagalpur district.
On Sunday afternoon, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who conducted an aerial survey of the areas ravaged by the river, however, told journalists here that “flood waters were receding” and that no major embankment had been breached.

With water level rising in rivers including the Kosi, the fear of floods has begun to haunt the people living in north Bihar yet again.

"All the rivers are in full spate following heavy rains. Some rivers may cross the red mark late Wednesday or Thursday," officials of the Central Water Commission warned.

Even as the Bihar government has declared 26 of its 38 districts as drought-affected, several parts of Darbhanga, Madhubani, Saharsa and Supaul districts have been facing flood, affecting over one lakh people. Over 100 houses have been washed away in Supaul and Saharsa because of Kosi water flooding the fields.

This report based on a rapid hydro-geological appraisal of 2 villages, in Supaul distict in flood-prone North Bihar, gives a good understanding of local conditions as well generates a lot of useful data, that can help in planning groundwater management interventions in a village.

K. Balchand

A baffled Bihar is struggling to provide food and shelter to three million people rendered homeless by a flood that swept through five districts. The Down To Earth team travels across the areas inundated by the Kosi in Bihar and Nepal to grasp the impact and concludes that the flood is a human failure, not natural disaster