India is making a massive military response to the eastern
state of Bihar to help with flood relief and rescue operations.
The government announced on Wednesday
that it has sent 37 army columns, 11 helicopters, and hundreds of boats to
It says the helicopters will drop food and provide logistical support for
rescues and evacuations.
Relief organizations say millions of people in India have been displaced by
massive flooding that began two weeks ago. The Kosi River burst its banks in
neighboring Nepal, causing river water to spill into India.
Aid officials warn that flood victims, crowded into relief camps, are facing an
increasing risk of disease, such as cholera and diarrhea. Along with the threat
of disease, authorities say riots carried out by hungry, villagers have broken
out in many areas.
Paramashish Ghosh Roy has the details about flood situation
in West Bengal.