NEW DELHI: As the flood situation in Bihar continues to be grim, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sought a central assistance of Rs.1,000 crore and one lakh tonnes of food grains, preferably rice.
After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Wednesday, Mr. Kumar told journalists that he had been assured of all help. He sought boats and tents to evacuate flood victims and provide them shelter. “I am confident of getting full support of the Central government.” Mr. Kumar said nearly 11 lakh people were affected and the number could go up to 25 lakh if water level in the Kosi river rose further.
Earlier, President Pratibha Patil called up Mr. Kumar and he apprised her of the hardships being faced by lakhs of people in the districts bordering Nepal and the steps taken by the State government to plug the breach in the east Kosi afflux embankment.