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According to the Barahakshetra municipality in Sunsari, which collects data on flood victims, 2,743 households have been affected by the Koshi river, up to the 2020 monsoon. After the demise of Thapa’s grandfather, his father, Man Bahadur Thapa, pressed for compensation. When that structure has been destroyed, where will they go to school? By 10:30 am, of the 346 registered votes in Govindpur, 112 had already been cast. Every resident of the Govindpur diyara is from the Musahar caste, one of the castes sub-categorised as Mahadalits. Follow Bihar elections LIVE updates. The Muslims too have a fair presence in the Kosi region. “There is no money and no employment. Nobody ever gives us answers,” said Mukesh Kumar. Now with the change in the composition of the alliances, the fight has become even tighter in Banmankhi, Kasba, Sikta, Raxaul, Gaighat, Harlakhi, Parihar, Chiraia, Jale and Benipatti. It has an average water flow (discharge) of 2,166 cubic metres per second (76,500 cu ft/s). Locals rescued us only at 4 pm.”. “I cannot remember any human casualties but our settlement was flooded and almost all the cattle were washed away. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. The river has a history of floods that displace thousands every year, so the misery of communities continues to grow. How will we ever find the money to build our homes again? How can we expect huge sum of compensation easily?”. In July, The Indian Express had visited Govindpur village as Bhagalpur faced Covid-19, returning migrants and the wrath of the monsoon, and found a “diyara” — a village that has turned into an island because of the river surrounding it — in deep distress. Seven-time MLA RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui the sitting legislator from Alinagar seat in Darbhanga district has now shifted to Kewati in this election. Mastan who is the sitting MLA from Amour will be fighting to save his seat from Zafar who he had defeated in 2015. For all the latest Elections News, download Indian Express App. The JD(U) has won this seat in 2010 as well. The river flooded in 1968, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986 in immediate subsequent decades, destroying settlements and fertile farmland. You know Ponting won't leave any fight: Ashwin on spat with Kohli. But the voters came without masks. Even, Mastan is a popular name in the constituency as he was excise minister in the Mahagathbandhan government in 2015. Even before employment, what they wanted first was a permanent address, a “sthayi ghar”, and a permanent identity. Kishenganj divided in three Assembly segments, Thakurganj, Bahadurganj and Kishenganj has a near a two-thirds Muslim population. “My grandfather was a property owner. The river floods every year and causes devastation in Madhepura, Purnia, Saharsha, and Supaul. In any case, this is an island, a containment zone in itself in a way,” an election official remarked. He tried to get compensation for his lost property but had no success, and died in 1972. Unlike the previous two phases, in which the electoral contest was largely between the ruling NDA and rival Mahagathbandhan, Chirag Paswan’s LJP is making for a triangular fight in some constituencies. “Yet previous flood victims from 1968 with verified documents are still unpaid.”, He said Koshi victims’ demand is for monetary compensation or the last adjustment equivalent to the lost land. “There was provision to compensate people with 1 lakh 5,000 rupees [USD 880] per bigha of land,” said Limbu. That was primarily used to transport government officials through the day, including SSB personnel. Joney Limbu, the vice-chair of the Koshi Inundation Victim Struggle Committee, said 12 bighas (around 8 hectares) of his family’s land were swallowed by the river in the 1982 flood. Since it is an international problem, Nepal and India must address this problem at the earliest. A month ago, our Govindpur was there. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The Indian Express is now on Telegram. “Tragically, neither the India nor Nepal governments did enough to address our woes.”. While RJD’s Faraz Fatmi was elected from this seat in 2015, ahead of Assembly poll 2020, he joined the JD(U). Limbu said residents from the district have approached “all leaders and prime ministers” of Nepal and “even the president and former kings of Koshi” for compensation. Similarly, Pappu Yadav’s JAP’s is strong in the Kosi region due to heavy Yadav and EBC votes. In 2015 Chandrashekhar defeated BJP candidate Vijay Kumar and had earlier been elected from this seat in 2010 as well. The polling booth in Govindpur isn’t quite the definition of a booth. We lost most of our bricks because we couldn’t transport them in time. “The course of the Koshi is not constant, it keeps changing,” said Magar, a resident of Dharahara Tapan, a settlement which is also affected by Koshi inundation, erosion and flood.
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