Breach in Punpun Embankment; Nitish Conducts Aerial Survey

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sitting in a helicopter before leaving for aerial survey of flood areas in Patna district on Tuesday.

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Patna: Following a breach in the Punpun embankment on late Monday night, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the situation in Mokama, Mahaurhi, and Dhanarua and directed the officials to expedite relief work in the region.

Kumar held meetings – both before and after his aerial survey – with top state officials including Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal and Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore and directed them to take immediate actions to ensure relief is provided to every single individual affected by the flood and summon engineers to repair the breach before it could do more damage in the area.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Water Resources Minister Lallan Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav.

Former minister in the Nitish administration Shyam Rajak said that ground condition in five blocks including Jahidpur, Bakpur, Sheikhpur, Sultanchak and Shahabazpur were grim and efforts were on to contain the cracks from widening that, if unchecked, could prove to be devastating.

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