Saturday, August 30, 2008
Flood Waters Rise in Madhepura Town
By Manuwant Choudhary
Flood waters from the river Kosi are steadiliy rising in Madhepura town with water entering even homes which were safe two days ago.
Only two days ago the home of Debashish Bose in Madhepura was dry but last night when I spoke to him he said, "I have 2 feet water in my home now....the situation is bad."
Just two days ago Debashish was busy with relief work, feeding the poor from his home, now he is also a victim of floods.
There is no electricity, his BSNL telephone does not ring anymore and even he does not know how long his cellphone will work.
He has already packed up his computers and he will be now filing fewer stories and photos for the world to see. (Debashish is a stringer with TV channels and All India Radio)
But when I spoke to him he did not seem to be leaving, just yet.
And like him there are lakhs of people in the flood region who are braving the Kosi but not going anywhere, because Bihar is home...their only home.