Supaul District

To reduce the cost of building a bridge on the Kosi, the Bihar govt. set aside the recommendations of its committee. The decision may not have saved money, but the shortcut has destroyed 57 villages.

It is difficult to make small talk with a woman who has lost her all.

Khair-un-Nissa had generously invited me to her home for a meal, a curry made of the famously succulent Black Haringhata hen, no less. The curry was special but it was her house that impressed me most. The bamboo and straw structure boasted a fresh coat of clay. The area was so scrupulously tidy that I felt refreshed the minute I entered the courtyard. Normally, I would be gushing with compliments; in this case a compliment would be tactless.

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Kosi flood relief distribution fraud in Bihar lands government official in trouble

A fraud in Kosi flood relief distribution has landed a government official in trouble in Bihar's Supaul district.

As many as 286 cheques allegedly went missing from the office of the block development officer (BDO) of Chhatapur in the district.
At least 164 people have already withdrawn the money from banks on the cheques signed by BDO Braj Bihari Rajak, who was the disbursing authority. A total of Rs 52 lakh of the flood relief fund was reportedly fraudulently withdrawn from the Bihar government accounts.

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A report that gives a good understanding of local conditions as well generates a lot of useful data, that can help in planning groundwater management interventions in a village.

This report by ACWADAM based on a rapid hydro-geological appraisal of 2 villages, in Supaul distict in flood-prone North Bihar, gives a good understanding of local conditions as well generates a lot of useful data, that can help in planning groundwater management interventions in a village. Such information is crucial especially for regions such as North Bihar, where current data about the local conditions are literally absent.

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Ecosan solutions for flood hit Bihar

"Megh Pyne Abhiyan" is a network of NGOS that has been working in flood affected areas in Bihar with Arghyam support for the past few years. MPA has been grappling with the idea of providing clean water and sanitation in Bihar. They have been able to do some great work with rainwater harvesting and the cleaning of the open wells to provide iron free and salinity free water in many districts apart from other works.

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This is an appeal for a large quantities of woolens and blankets for Rahat Winters, GOONJ's annual campaign

This year we certainly need much larger quantities due to extensive work going on in flood affected areas of Bihar & Orissa. We are thankful to a large number of organizations & individuals who whole-heartedly supported our campaign Rahat Floods.

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Here's Dalit Watch's report on the relief camps in the wake of the devastating floods on the India-Nepal border

In September 2008, Dalit Watch published a report on its findings while monitoring 205 relief camps in the wake of the devastating floods on the India-Nepal border. This report records the damage caused by the breach on the embankment of the Kosi river in August 2008 and appraises the quality of relief efforts in the aftermath of the floods.

Research was conducted in the districts of Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura, Araria, and Purnia.

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Dinesh Kumar Mishra pens down emotions and responses of people living inside the Kosi embankment - to plug or not to plug

The setting is unique. 34 Nepali villages within the embankments want the breach to remain opened. I talked to some of them and reminded them of the slogan that was in air at the time of construction of the embankments, "Aadhi Roti Khayengein, Kosi Baandh Banayengei". I was replied that, "Poori Roti Khaayengei, Baandh nahi banane dengein." These are supported by 380 villages within the embankments of the Kosi that are spread over 13 blocks and 4 districts with a population of nearly 1.2 million.

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The article is about Plan India's Plan flood relief efforts where it has started a limited and focused response operation to the Bihar flood situation in Supaul district.

Forwarded to the Portal by: Avijit Dey, Plan International The following is a report on Plan International's current intervention in the Bihar Flood Situation. The report was received on 12th September 2008.

Name of Organisation: Plan India
Address: E-12 Kailash Colony, New Delhi
Phone No. 46558484 Fax: 46558443
Head of Organisation: Bhagyashri Dengle
Email: Bhagyashri.dengle@plan-international.org
Mobile-9810307476
Website:http://www.planindia.org/ Online campaign page: http://www.helpbihar.in

Plan’s India’s Response:

Plan India has started a limited and focused response operation to the Bihar flood situation in Supaul district ,Triveniganj Block Dafarka Canal an isolated and cutoff population of around 40000 people who are living in an embankment and are yet unreached by either government or civil society. Plan has already dispatched 10 lakh halazone tablets, 650 kilograms of carbolic acid [to prevent snake and insect bites], 2.5 tons of bleaching powder and 20 life jackets. Plan has raised 25000 soaps through corporate donations and the consignment will be sent early next week. Plan India staff have contributed one day of their wage to the response operations. A lot of effort is also being put in to raise funds through local sources.

On the ground, the interventions are planned through 3-5 Camps sites in three districts with local NGO partnership:

  • Supaul District which is badly impacted with 15 of 18 blocks under water where we intend to reach 4000 people initially and scale up to 6000 people.
  • Madhepura district Block Alam Nagar 2500 people and scale up to about 4000.
  • Saharsa, Block Sonbarsa, approximate 3000 people.

At the Camp Sites

  • People are crowded in camps on high ground in community buildings and road sides.
  • Health needs are not adequately being met
  • Stagnant water is creating difficulties in access.
  • There is some distribution of plastic sheeting.
  • People are living in close proximity with there animals.
  • There is no electricity and inadequate light through candles is creating difficulties.
  • No privacy for women.
  • No safe spaces for children.

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Flood situation report in Supaul district compiled by Megh Pyne Abhiyan

About the Report: The flood situation report has been a joint effort of Megh Pyne Abhiyan's (literally clouds' water campaign, involving people around the issue of water and livelihood, and a functional network of grassroots organizations) partners - Gramyasheel, Supaul; Kosi Seva Sadan, Saharsa; Samta, Khagaria, Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh, Madhubani; SAVERA, West Champaran; Luisa Cortesi and Eklavya Prasad in assistance with Santosh Jha of Gram Bharti, Raghopur.Supaul. For compiling the situation report, two days of field visit was undertaken by the team, involving extensive interaction with affected villagers from India and Nepal, discussion with members of civil society groups, deliberations with government officials (Sub Divisional Magistrate and Dy Superintendent of Police, Tribeniganj; District Magistrate, Supal) and internal exchange of idea between the partners of Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) and the supporting organizations. During the field visit, the group started to explore the option of establishing a district level coordination group comprising of eminent personalities and professionals, representatives of non governmental organizations and media, to coordinate and steer the rescue and relief work with individuals, government agencies, non government organizations, donor agencies, corporate bodies etc. Hence, on 25th August during a district level meeting of local organizations, activists and donor agency, a consensus was reached to set up a coordination group, named as the Flood Action Coordination Group (FACG), Supaul.

General overview of the River: On the 18th of August the eastern embankment of Kosi near Kusaha in Nepal's Sunsari district breached. The breach itself has caused colossal loss of life and property in the south east tarai region of Nepal and in six districts of north Bihar, affecting more than 2.5 million human lives. After the breach, the river has shifted its course nearly 100 kilometres (kms) eastward from its earlier course (which use to pass through the districts of Supaul, Saharsa, Madhubani, Darbhanga and Khagaria).

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