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NDRF only hope for residents marooned in Patna’s Rajendra Nagar

NDRF and SDRF teams carry out rescue operation in waterlogged Rajendra Nagar in Patna on October 1, 2019.

NDRF and SDRF teams carry out rescue operation in waterlogged Rajendra Nagar in Patna on October 1, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

The State government has failed to provide relief in the waterlogged area, say residents

With the State government failing to provide relief to residents of waterlogged Rajendra Nagar in Patna even after five days, personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are the only hope.

There has been neck-deep water in the posh area since Sunday, with no electricity, water and Internet. The phone connection has been erratic.

The State government has completely failed to drain out the water in the last five days. The occasional rounds of choppers, dropping food packets containing dry flattened rice, jaggery, candles and matchboxes could only be seen for two days on Monday and Tuesday.

There is no State government official moving to provide relief or rescue to the residents. Neither are any officials picking up their phone to respond to marooned people.

This correspondent, along with his aged parents and other family members, is trapped on the top floor of an apartment at Road No. 12 of the locality without food, water, electricity or LPG gas cylinder.

Most of the residents have shifted to other places and local hotels.

People are falling ill and frantically making calls to officials but no one responds, except NDRF personnel.

The NDRF personnel have been a boon for the waterlogged people. Moving round the clock in neck-deep waterlogged areas, they are doing their best to not only evacuate people but provide relief materials to them on time.

“We’re doing our best to reach out to the waterlogged people and provide relief and rescue...it’s our duty and this is what NDRF is meant for”, Ajit Kumar, NDRF Assistant Commandant, told The Hindu.

Another NDRF employee, Rajesh Kumar, is busy monitoring the situation round the clock and the personnel on the field. “We feel satisfied in providing relief to the people”, he said.

The NDRF personnel have also been courteous.

“NDRF personnel are the only hope for us...otherwise the government has completely failed in providing relief to the people...for five days, the government could not even drain out the water...nothing can be more shameful for an elected government that has been in power for 15 years”, said Subodh Kumar, a resident of Rajendra Nagar. Mr Kumar, along with his family, has moved to the first floor of his house.

Residents are venting their ire against Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, a resident of Rajendra Nagar, who was evacuated by the District Magistrate and has not visited them since. “He himself gets evacuated by the top district officials but forgets about us...is this how a public representative behaves?”, asked residents of Road No: 8 of the area.

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