Food distribution program: Relief and Rehabilitation
The Kosi river eroded its embankment in Nepal about 12 k.m. upstream of the barrage as a result of which the embankment breached on the 18th of August 2008 and the river started flowing on an entirely new course. The water spread along the new course is 15 k.m. wide and is heading straight down south. More than 25 lakh people and their houses fall in the path of the new course. The people along the new course have taken shelter on whatever high ground they could find and on rooftops. This time the flood affected 15 districts Muzaffarpur, Patna, Katihar, Nalanda, West Champaran, Khagaria Sheikhpura, Purnea, Saran, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura and Araria in the state. But Araria, Sopaul and Madhepura were worst affected. According to both official and unofficial figures, between 150 and 500 persons have so far died. Besides, about 20 mosques and innumerable houses have been swept away by the devastating floods. Over three million people in about 1000 villages, rendered homeless, are waging a grim battle against the floods which have assumed proportions of a catastrophe.