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Villagers change river’s course in Bihar to save dying crops

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PATNA: Villagers have changed the course of a mighty river in Bihar to save their dying crops in the fields for want of proper irrigation water.

Bihar has been witnessing subdued monsoon condition since last over a fortnight leading to rain deficiency to the tune of 18 percent.

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The villagers did the impossible in Alinagar block of Darbhanga district, some 140 km north of Patna, after getting short of any alternatives.

The area is considered as one of the flood-prone districts in Bihar but this time the monsoon has not been so generous.

Armed with spades and using JCB machines and tractors, the villagers worked day and night in the field to dig out soil and divert the water of Kamala river towards their drying field through self service.

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They raised a collection of Rs 250,000 to carry out the digging works so save their standing crops which, they say, are the lone source of their survival.

Villagers said the initiative would save standing crops planted in some 1,000 acres of land as the irrigation water is now available in plenty.

According to them, they had transplanted paddy crops in their field after much difficulty since the monsoon arrived quite late this year but ultimately their efforts appeared going in vain as the monsoon ditched them on time.

“We had no option at all. Something concrete had to be done instantly. So we decided to change the course of the river to let the water enter our field,” one of the villagers Mahtab Alam told the local media on Tuesday.

Image courtesy: Prabhat Khabar

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