Motihari ; The flood situation has become grim in East Champaran District. A total of 50 houses, temples, and government primary
school building of Sakhawa Tok village under Areraj block in the district were either destroyed or swept away by the turbulent Gandak
on September 1, 2021, night, and around 275 villagers including men, women, and children, uprooted from the village have taken shelter on Saran embankment in Gopalganj District. The Sakhawa Tok village is located between two separate streams of river Gandak under Areraj block in East Champaran.
Brajesh Yadav, Shital Yadav, and Mahendra Yadav, with two others came to Areraj on September 2, 2021, and informed Pawan Kumar
Jha, Circle Officer (CO), Areraj, that they had been uprooted and all the houses at their were devoured by the furious Gandak.
Talking to this scribe, CO Pawan Kumar Jha said that he was not aware of it and the residents of Sakhawa Tok gave him this information first. He provided them food packets and other relief items. The CO further said that he will assess the house damaged in the flood
after the flood water recedes. No loss of life has been reported though, he added.
Shital Yadav said that in view of the rising water level of Gandak, they left the village on September 1, 2021, night with whatever household articles they could carry and reached Saran embankment near Bhartoli in Gopalganj district.
DM, East Champaran, Shirshat Kapil Ashok, said that he has asked the SDM of Areraj to provide all help and relief materials to these uprooted villagers immediately. Gopalganj DM said that some people of East Champaranhave taken shelter on Saran embankment and the district administration has been running three community kitchens to provide food to them.