Satish Aditya
Motihari :  The swollen Gandak river, after  breaching its left embankment at Bhawanipur under Sangrampur block  in East Champaran District inundated areas under Kesariya Nagar Panchayat and submerged the entire campus of world famous Buddha Stupa at Keasaria, 110 km from Patna,on July 25, 2020. The campus of  the world heritage monument has turned into veritable water pool with chest deep water flowing on the campus.

On August 8, 2020, the  boundarywall  of the Buddha Stupa  campus collapsed  in 50 metres  in south-eastern sidedue to flood. The boundarywall was constructed in 1,200 metre in  2019  by ASI, Patna.  Dr P Ojha, a  founder member of  Kesariya Budha Mahotsav, said, “We may loss  this heritage site  if the flood keeps ravaging it every year. The prolonged waterlogging on its campus will damage the world’s tallest stupa.” Dr Chandranshu, a social activists and writer, has also expressed concern  over the plight of this world heritage  monument.
Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister, Bihar Government, Pramod Kumar, said that he has informed the Archaeological
department officials at Patna urging asking them to  preserve the Stupa.