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Grains rot as flood victims go hungry
Published on 26 Sep. 2010 11:41 PM IST
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Thousands of quintals of wheat meant for flood victims of Uttarakhand are rotting in Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns in Haldwani - a shocking case of government apathy towards hundreds of people going hungry.
The grain stocks were meant for consumption by the flood-ravaged victims of Haldwani district in Uttrakhand, reports CNN IBN.
Layers of fungi were seen upon many sacks of wheat stored at the dilapidated warehouse owned by FCI, making them completely inedible. The Supreme Court had earlier asked the government to distribute food grains free of cost to the poor.
Patna, Hyderabad
reel under flood fury
Heavy rain and floods continue to cause mayhem in the north of India. In Bihar, many villages have been submerged and houses collapsed in and around Patna.
Danapur Diyara was the worst affected. Its inhabitants complain that their houses have been inundated for over two weeks now. Those who live in low-lying areas have been forced to leave their homes after the Ganga breached its banks. Many were left stranded after roads were cut off by floodwaters, or closed as a precautionary measure, reports CNN IBN.
Meanwhile down south in Hyderabad, the flood situation remains grim. Scores of families have been rendered homeless after rising rivers flooded their homes and fields. The administration has already evacuated people from low-lying areas.
“With the flooded streams and rivers refusing to ebb, the locals are a terrified lot. “We are facing a lot of problem due to flood water, houses have submerged in the water and we vacated our house in the evening, we have small children at our place. We are facing lot of problem in commuting as well,” said Gayur Mohammad, a flood victim.
Scores of families have been rendered homeless while expansive stretches of agricultural land have been swallowed by the floodwaters. The monsoon this year has caused heavy floods in several parts of northern and central India, causing heavy devastation to life and property.

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