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Jul 25, 2008 at 10:31am IST

Flood-hit villagers destroy railway tracks

Nalanda People in north western Bihar are resorting to desperate means for survival as the threat of severe floods looms large in the area.

With water rising every hour, villagers dug holes in the railway embankment, destroying tracks, to let the stagnant water flow.

“Administration said it was wrong to dig holes but we had no other option,” Shatrudhan Prasad, a resident of a flood-hit village said.

So far, police have been unable to stop the villagers from destroying the railway lines.

“We have identified the people who destroyed the railway tracks on film. We will discuss this and then take further action. Right now, our priority is to repair the railway tracks,” SP, Nalanda, Vineet Vinayak said.

With the threat of floods, thousands of people in north Bihar have moved to safer places like the national highway.

With last year's devastating floods still fresh in memory, the state government is gearing up to face the threat.

“We have arranged a relief package for flood victims. Anyone who has suffered because of floods will be compensated,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assured.

However, the worst may not be over yet. The MET Dept has predicted heavy rains, and the central flood control cell has warned that some of the rivers in north Bihar can overflow anytime.

(With Rajiv Kumar)

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