Relief efforts for millions of flood-affected people in Bihar and Assam are badly hit by bad weather and organisational hitches that were further compounded by the rampant looting of edibles by the victims in Bihar for the third consecutive day on Friday.
After airlifting girl students of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital whose hostels were flooded, the army is set to airlift over 500 students of the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Pachaadi in Darbhanga district.
Reports of looting came in from Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Seohar districts on Friday morning even as Union
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday announced that people in the flood-ravaged areas of Bihar would be provided with foodgrains free of cost.
Inadequate relief and scarcity of food materials is being cited as the reason though not in all the cases.
Sources in the district administration of Sitamarhi and Darbhanga said that some people had embarked on a looting spree in the garb of scarcity of relief materials.
In Darbhanga alone, 240 quintals of wheat and 107 quintals of rice were looted from government godowns in the last 48 hours. \"The looting has been going on for the last four days,\" said a district official.
The police has arrested eight persons and tightened security at government godowns as well as business establishments.
Sources in the state government said the army was directed to intervene after Union Minister of State for Human Resources
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