The Kosi River (also called the River of Sorrow), mighty tributary of the Himalaya streams, caused a dam to burst in neighboring Nepal leading to the biggest flood India has known in half a century. Every monsson, the river turns into a destructive force of nature, wiping out crops, sweeping away villages and killing people. 394 square miles have been impacted by the flood, 3 millions of Indians affected (WHO), 250.000 houses destroyed and over 1 million people left without shelter. The Bihar flood was compared by some to a Tsunami although not generating as much media coverage or compassion from the international opinion.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared the situation a ¨national calamity¨ further stating the government had earmarked about $230 million in aid for the region. But it would appear people are left to fend for themselves in most instances.The river has flooded its banks in Nepal as well, displacing tens of thousands of people.
These images were shot for Médecins sans Frontières.