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Committed to safe drinking water, toilets in Bihar: Nitish

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Patna: Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister, said his government was committed to achieving its target of providing safe drinking water and constructing toilets in all households in the state.

“The Grand Alliance government is working to get rid of open defecation in Bihar,” he said after reviewing the performance of Public Health and Engineering Department.

Nitish Kumar said the government will construct toilets in all households under the Lohia Swachh Bihar Abhiyan.

He directed department officials to utilise available resources for providing safe drinking water and construction of toilets.

The chief minister ordered officials to create more awareness among people on safe drinking water and construction of toilets and their use.

Safe drinking water and construction of toilets are part of the seven resolves of the Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, aimed at providing basic amenities to the people.

Nitish Kumar made a promise on these issues during campaigning for the 2015 Bihar assembly elections. (IANS)

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Lightning Forecast System to be Set-up in Bihar

Bihar to set up a lightning alert system to save lives

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Bihar saw a rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes. Pixabay

Alarmed over the rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes, the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) has signed an agreement with Bangaluru-based Earth Networks to set up a lightning forecast system in the state.

Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world.
Its system will inform the BSDMA, District Collectors, Municipal Officers and other public representatives about an impending lightning strike 30 minutes before its occurrence.

“The authorities will then send alerts on a mobile application, which will help save lives in the state. No mobile service provider has been selected so far to send the alerts,” a BSDMA official said.

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Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world. Pixabay

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More than 172 people have died in lightning strikes in Bihar so far this year, Chief Secretary Amrit Pratyay told IANS. Thunderbolt last year killed 139 people, 180 in 2017 and 107 in 2016 in the state, he added. (IANS))

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