Boats are the lifeline

This bridge connects Madhepura to Kumarkhand. During flood, spans of bridge just sank down, totally cutting off areas east of Madhepura. Another bridge, called loha pool was also damaged, but has been repaired by the Army. Although this reduces boat ride by 5-6 Km, one still has to use boats twice before one reaches to Ranigunj.

The country boats are fitted with a 5 kva diesel engine(generally used for water pumps) which drives the propellor. The boat ride is scary..they are overloaded and carry everything from cows to bikes. You have to stand up like in bus or metro. Difference is there is nothing to hold onto execpt thin air. No wonder many mishaps and fatalities are reported.

Our relief material(blankets,woolens,cerelac,biscuits,medecines,clothes) get across the river in three trips.

And engine breaking down is common..good thing is that these sailors are always able to repair them.

All the woolen clothes,caps & scarves were bought by donations by Ms Anubha Prasad (Del) & Kumar Gautam(USA)

210 woolen blankets were bought by funds given byMr. Prashant Pandey (Pune)


AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Posted by Picasa

2 Responses to Boats are the lifeline

  1. Priya November 26, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    There you are!!!!!!!!!!!

    I want to be a part of your team

  2. Priya December 2, 2008 at 4:55 am #

    Hello Anand, Its me from O.R (CUSAT)

Leave a Reply