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Challenge to Change:

A motivational comic in English and Tamil highlighting ways in which people affected by disaster can be more proactive, in reconstruction. Avaialable at CED

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The secretary of WRD has already passed on the responsibility of recent Bagmati floods on the railways which is building a bridge near Runni Saidpur. It is necessary to say this because Mahesh Prasad Singh, Minister of Irrigation of Bihar had charged railways of causing floods in Kamla Basin under similar circumstances way back in 1965. The Railway Minister then at the Center was Dr Ram Subhag Singh, who hailed from Bihar. The entire episode makes very interesting reading. History is repeating itself after a long gap and this is the time for the present Railway Minister to step in. It will be more entertaining now because different coalitions are ruling at Patna and Delhi. In 1965, it was Congress at both the places.
Bihar Floods
by Dr Dinesh Kumar Mishra,, 25 June, 2007
Nobody from the government has gone to Saharsa so far. If the people in Saharsa are surviving, they must be saying that we are engulfed in water since ten days and nobody is there to think about us. This is quite worrisome. I will suggest that we must try to look after those surviving there. We must try to save them, whether by boats or a helicopter….. The flood in Saharsa is not a flood, this is unprecedented….we cannot call it a flood, it is a deluge,\" said Jagannath Mishra, former Chief Minister of Bihar. But he was not talking about the floods of August 2008 in Bihar. He was making a speech in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha on 13 September 1984 about a similar incident that took place on the 5 September 1984 near Navhatta in Saharsa district of north Bihar when the Kosi had breached its embankment 75 km south of the much-talked about Bhimnagar Barrage just as it happened at Kusaha this year. Obviously, the powers-that-be refuse to learn from past mistakes and their executive wing, the Water Resources Department, is immune to any criticism. The 1984 incident had uprooted nearly half a million people from their homes and hearths and engulfed 96 villages spread over seven blocks in Saharsa and Supaul districts. They could return to their homes only after the Holi festival in March 1985.
Kosi floods: no lessons learnt
by Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Himal Southasian, 01 September, 2008
The overflowing Kosi had, as of end-August, wreaked destruction on more than three million people living in north and east Bihar. A field visit reports on the misery of the affected, haphazard rescue efforts and criminal exploitation of the uprooted. The immediate task is to improve relief operations and then provide support to the displaced who will not be able to find work until the 2009 kharif season. A blame game is now in operation, but since the early 1960s whichever the party in power, the people of Bihar have been affected by official apathy towards the embankments on the Kosi. This time it is a clear case of dereliction of duty by the state government in repairing upstream barrages before the monsoon of 2008 that has resulted in devastation.
Bihar Floods: The Inevitable Has Happened
by Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Economic & Political Weekly, 06 September, 2008