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Nature's Calamities Afflicting India; Any Way Out
They can stay at these mega camps as long as they wish. We'll also give them better homes than what they had," said Kumar. "Jo Nitishji kahe the woh dikh raha hai...hum logon ko pura bharosa tha ki mukhyamantri hum logon ko chhodenge nahin (What Nitish had said is visible... we had firm belief that he will not leave us in the lurch)," says Dhukhan Bhagat.

Bhagat, who was earlier in a relief camp set up by the railways behind the Saharsa railway station, also says that though the arrangement came a little late in the day, it is much better than the one made by Railways Minister Lalu Prasad. "I stayed in Laluji's camp for four days but as soon as he left, everything vanished. Everybody started deserting the camp and I luckily reached here," he said. "Laluji sirf bhashan dete hain... Garibon ke naam per rajniti karte hain (Lalu only makes speeches, he does politics in the name of the poor)," says Sudama Rajak. <!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was here today to inspect a mega camp at Maranga, about three km off Purnea. He promised to turn the challenge posed by the Kosi into an opportunity and assured flood victims better houses and facilities than they had before the Kosi struck its fury.

In all, a slew of promises with better and more opportunities for flood-affected people, farmers and traders is what the Chief Minister reeled out as he promised to turn the entire flood-affected Kosi region into a “much better Kosi region” than it was before the disaster.

<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Lakhs hit by Orissa floods

PTI | Bhubaneswar

Posted online: Sep 20, 2008

The situation in the flood-hit Orissa continued to be grim with lakhs of people marooned in 15 out of the total 30 districts on Saturday as major rivers, including Mahanadi, caused at least 31 breaches.

The breaches on the embankments of Mahanadi and its branches in the delta have affected over 10 lakh people in 15 districts, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Manmohan Samal said, adding that the army was asked to stand by for rescue and relief work.

The State Government has sought five more helicopters from the Centre as one of the two choppers already provided had developed technical snag, he told reporters here.

Earlier Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation arising out of the floods and preparedness to deal with it.

<!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo--> They say where there is a will, there is a way, and doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) know how to use this adage to get their way.

On being refused permission to work as volunteers in the flood-hit districts of Bihar, 18 doctors from AIIMS took leave from hospital and did what their hearts wanted them to do, on their own time.

When the Union health ministry turned down their request for leave, they went on leave without pay and traveled to Bihar with their own money. “Soon, our savings will run out and we won’t have money left to stay on. We know our duty is to
help those in need but a little support from the government would have made it possible for us to stay here longer,” says
Dr Harsh, who returned on September 21 after spending almost eight days there.

<!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo--> Most of the dead were from Uttar Pradesh, where 32 people were killed by drowning, house collapses and electrocution since Monday, as most rivers in the state spilled their banks, state relief commissioner G K Tandon said on Tuesday.

Another 70 people were killed over the weekend in the state and floods forced 200,000 people to flee their homes, Tandon said. The state government set up more than 2,000 relief camps across Uttar Pradesh to house the flood survivors.

In Orissa, the death toll over the last four days from heavy rains and flooding rose to 29 on Tuesday morning, said chief secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathi.

Another 32 people died in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh over the weekend, most buried by mudslides triggered by heavy rains, news reports said.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Vajpayee donates Rs 25L for Bihar relief work</b>

Patna: Former Prime Minister and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee has donated Rs <b>25 lakh and his one-month salary for flood relief operations in Bihar</b>. "Vajpayee has donated his one month salary and Rs 25 lakh from his MPLAD Fund for flood relief operations in Bihar," National Media co-in-charge Sanjay Mayukh said in a release here on Sunday.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Where are our billionaires?  </b>
Sudarshan Agarwal
They must come forward to help Bihar flood victims
<b>The India has the largest number of billionaires overtaking Japan and Korea. We have not heard a single billionaire making any worthwhile contribution towards mitigating untold hardships and alleviating the sufferings of helpless people in the affected parts of Bihar</b>.

Corporate social responsibility cannot just be window dressing. The corporate world must remember that the poor and the disadvantaged of this country have a share in their enormous wealth. They must not usurp the share of the poor and the disadvantaged. The billionaires may like to take a cue from the gesture of Warren Buffet who contributed $1 billion to the Bill Gates Foundation for the fight against polio and several other diseases.

In fact, India should have a give list mentioning the contributions made by our country's billionaires for social causes. I am reminded of the words of Mother Teresa when she said -- Give till it hurts.

Of what use are lists of the rich if the people in them invoke only envy and not affection? Of what use is it to me if their wealth grows four times every four hours if all is lost for that child whose every second is spent in despair and darkness? People in affected areas do not have a piece of cloth even to wrap the dead before their last rites.

<b>I am making an appeal to the billionaires and other captains of industry to open their hearts and give generously to mitigate the pain and suffering of people who have lost everything -- their homes and hearths in the fury of the Kosi floods.</b> Media should prominently publicise not their entry and place in the Forbes list but their contribution in this hour of need.

I would appeal to all Ministers and Members of Parliament to donate at least one month's salary for Bihar flood relief. This gesture will be appreciated by the nation.

<b>I was able to raise Rs 1.5 lakh from the morning walkers in the small park in C-Block of Defence Colony. Let no one deny himself/herself the opportunity to extend a helping hand.</b>
-- The writer is former Governor of Uttarakhand and Sikkim
Antonia has Rs 200,000 crore in her bank..will madam donate a crore or two?
Patna, Aug 2 (IANS) Thousands of people have been rendered homeless in Bihar's Sitamarhi district after the Bagmati river breached its embankment, flooding nearly 200 villages.

Those stranded in villages are living under the open skies without food and drinking water, waiting to be rescued.

'We are hungry and our children are crying for food and milk, but nothing has been provided by the government though it is over 24 hours since the Bagmati river breached its embankment,' Narayain Singh, one of the thousands of villagers taking shelter on embankments, told IANS via his mobile phone, which he feares might run out of charge soon.


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