Law Kumar Mishra

Patna: A show cause notice has been served on Circle Officer (CO)  of Raghopur block in Vaishali district, assembly constitutency of  deputy chief minister Tejeshwi Yadav, for his negligence in arranging for immediate rescue of 45 villagers from Raghopur who were stranded midstream of Ganga in a boat.

Vyasji, Principal Secretary,  Disaster management department, on Monday said the CO could not provide boat to the villagers whose boat developed technical fault on Sunday afternoon and they remained stranded for 12 hours.

Villagdrs from Jagdishpur, Ibrahimpur and Mohanpur had boarded a private boat at 4 pm as their villages were submerged in Ganga waters. At 5.30 pm, their boat developed fault and got stranded midstream.

Three school teachers, who were on board the boat, sent SMS to CO, SDO,and also telephoned to disaster management department from their mobile sets. There was no response from the control room or CO. Then they contacted their relatives and friends who arranged four boats in the wee hours on Monday and they were brought to Patna city. Those in trouble 15 women and 25 children.

Satish Kumar Singh, former JD(U) MLA from Raghopur complained he too had telephoned to the CO, who said the rescue team could not go to the river during night hours.

Meanwhile, river Ganga was still flowing above  danger mark at Gandhi Ghat and Digha Ghat in the state capital, where it was receding slowly. Due to floods, movement of vehicles on National-highways 19,31,80 and 84 have been affected. Ganga overtopped highway at Kahalgaon in Bhagapur, between Mokama and Bakhtiarpur, Ara and Buxar.Water was flowing on the road between Buxar and Mohania. CM Nitish Kumar will make an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of seven districts on Wednesday after his return from New Delhi

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