Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Monday appealed people to contribute to chief minister’s relief fund for the flood-affected state of Bihar. “I appeal everyone to contribute to CM’s Relief Fund of Bihar & other flood-affected states and let government do their work,” Aamir Khan was quoted as saying by ANI. “Nature is not in our hands but what can be done in this situation is for every Indian to come forward and help. I would like to appeal to all to contribute to chief minister’s relief fund so that the government can work efficiently,” the ‘Dangal’ star said in Mumbai. “People in Bihar are our brothers and sisters. Otherwise also, a lot of places have been flooded in India this year. Helping them at this time of crisis is the least we can do,” he added.
Floods have wrecked havoc and as per reports, at least 200 people have lost their lives so far. Central and State agencies are working in collaboration to counter the situation. A massive relief and rescue operation drive is on in Bihar where the Army, Air Force as well as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Bihar State Disaster Response Force teams are working in collaborations. Earlier this year, Aamir has donated Rs 25 lakh to the Assam government for its flood relief operations.
As per news agency PTI, around 1.21 crore in 18 districts have been affected due to Bihar floods. Bihar’s Araria district accounted for 57 deaths alone, followed by Sitamarhi (31), West Champaran (29), Katihar (23), East Champaran (19) while 13 each have died in Madhubani, Supaul, and Madhepura, PTI quoting a Disaster Management Department release reported.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took a stock of the situation through an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and Patna districts. The chief minister was accompanied by state Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, chief minister’s Secretary Atish Chandra, and Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh.