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Sorrow of Bihar strikes again

August 28, 2008
The Sorrow of Bihar, the Kosi, has struck again.

The river in neighbouring Nepal changed its course last week due to a two-and-a-half kilometre breach in the Kosi barrage embankment. Villages in Bihar were flooded, crops destroyed and houses flattened by the fury of the river.

This year's floods have been described as one of the worst in recent years.

Ten flood-related deaths have been reported so far with six deaths in Madhepura and four from Saharsa. But unconfirmed reports claim that the toll may be as high as 55.

Text: Anand Mohan Sahay | Image: An aerial view of flood-hit Madhepura in Purnea.
Photographs: PTI Photo

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