Toll touches 58 in Bihar; 100 rescued from Pokhara: Nitish
The quake toll in Bihar has risen to 58 and around 100 people stranded at Pokhara in Nepal have been brought back safely to Raxaul on the India-Nepal border, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday before leaving for Raxaul.
Kumar said arrangements are in place in relief camps at Raxaul in East Champaran district, which is witnessing the maximum flow of people returning to the country from quake-devastated Nepal. Arrangements of blankets, linen, food packets, water and medicines have been made at relief camps in Raxual and elsewhere.
He said senior state minister Vijay Chaudhary has been appointed as minister in-charge and the secretary to social justice department Arvind Chaudhary has been made secretary in-charge to oversee relief operation at Raxual.
“After transporting 100 people from Pokhara, it seems there are no Indians left there,” he said, adding that 32 state government buses have been sent to Kathmandu to bring back stranded people. The buses would not only carry back people from Bihar stranded in Nepal but also those of other states and even foreigners. The CM has appealed to residents of Bihar to come forward to help the quake victims. Kumar said he had to leave for Raxaul by road instead of chopper due to inclement weather.
Nadda, Ananth Kumar to take stock of situation
Union ministers JP Nadda and Ananth Kumar have been deputed by the government to visit Bihar to take stock of rescue efforts in the aftermath of Saturday’s quake. Nadda and Kumar will visit quake-hit areas of Bihar, particularly the northern part of the state, and assess the situation there, official sources said. They are expected to meet CM Nitish Kumar and take stock of the relief efforts.