Bihar and Flood


Written by : Neha Jha

Independent Researcher

The year 2017 is nearly half passed. India has recently launched 104 satellites in the space. But, at the same time, in most parts of India, especially Bihar, are unable to handle the flood crisis. The achievement that we have got after launching the PSLV Rocket lift C-37 that earned the world record, was unable to stop the the miserable conditions of the sufferers of Bihar floods.

The loss of crores and unnumbered life can’t be compensated with the relief measures that usually Bihar gets every year in the season of monsoon. The tamed animals were carried away with the force of flood resulting in additional misery. Even the loss of tractors, machines, and groceries haven’t been taken into account. The people are compelled to live in penury with this natural as well as human-made disaster. No doubt, the geographical aspects cannot be changed, but with adding a coherent solution can need to be implemented which is missing in Bihar.

Bihar has mainly sixteen river basin system which is one of the complex system, that requires proper management. But, the irrigation and water department which has the lion’s share in predictability, preparedness and response are not up to the mark. Also, the poor dam management and weak embankments of rivers could not withstand the pressure of river, especially during monsoon. Lack of unskilled staff in the concerned departments should be taken in consideration. Blocage in the river Ganga due to the Farraka Barrage has been concern from past many years.

Apart from these primary issues which Bihar needs to settle down, there should be a high-level meeting between the Central Government and the Government of Nepal as till date only bilateral talks are going on. Even the interlinking of river and engineering techniques could be used by taking care of environmental issues. Bihar has the largest “brain drain” in compared to the other states. It gives a better ratio of engineering as well as bureaucratic minds to serve the country. But due to the lack of “quality engineering graduates” as well as “greedy bureaucrats,” Bihar is struggling to settle down its sorrow.

The Engineering graduates are paying themselves in banking and other government jobs as the SSC, the UPSC. Therefore, they are unable to contribute their technical knowledge for their birthplace and prefer migrating to some other places. The last hope comes with the bureaucrats to suggest the better idea for managing floods. Instead, they too prefer, to reside in the quarters and just show their managerial skills.

As of now, not much can be done to cope up with this flood issue which is hampering the economy of the state as well as the nation. But if the efforts will be taken affirmatively, the reduction in the loss of lives along with the property can be made. Government is prepared for the relief measures, but on a large scale apart from the monsoon season, this issue should be well taken care of throughout the year. On a better more, instead of crying over the spilled milk an overhauled approach is needed.

The case of Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states is not different from Bihar. In fact, the problem of Bihar is the problem of India.


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