27.8.2008 Koshi floods update
This morning Dinesh Mishra phoned that he was in my town and I thought that he was returning Jamshedpur via Ranchi but he was at Forbesganj my birth place. He could contact Prof. N. L.das and was slated for a meeting at 830 am. Last night at Dr.Ashok K, Jha’s house I saw on state channels that Koshi has taken a more direct route westwards and the areas of Madhepura, Arariya and Supaul are heavily submerged. Around 17 lakh population is facing a terrific life. I contacted Prof. N.L. Das and he informed me that though water had not entered Forbesganj town it has encircled Narpatganj etc. and many persons were evacuated from such areas.
I was thinking when and how this tragedy will go or the culture of Koshi area will be extinct like that of harappa!
Probably a Govt. of Mithila State can delve deep for it and the way to that comes from villages and a strong political will to break all bandhs and de-silt the river.