Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

 The CPI(M) expresses its deep concern at the unprecedented disaster created by the huge floods in Bihar, leading to the displacement of lakhs of families and a big loss of lives, yet to be fully assessed. The suffering of the people deprived of homes and a livelihood, driven to the edge of human endurance requires a national effort in help and solidarity.

 To express solidarity with the victims of this enormous tragedy, the CPI(M) has given a call to all its units, the entire membership to mobilize financial and material help for the suffering people. It also appeals to all citizens to donate generously for relief and rehabilitation for the people of Bihar.

 The Central Government has announced a package for Bihar and officially termed it as a national calamity. There must be a singleness of purpose to provide relief without indulging in a blame game. At the appropriate time a considered view must be taken on the maintenance of the Kosi embankments in Nepal, the breach of which has led to the present floods and the change of the course of the river.