Official flood reviews and visits by leaders and dignitaries behind, flood hit states are now reeling under the aftermath. In Bihar the situation has worsened in the absence of timely relief. In Saharsa district of Bihar, villagers are living in areas surrounded by the waters of the Kosi river. 50 kms from Saharsa, in Salakhua, flood situation is so bad that hundreds of villagers of Banahi Tola are hunting for rats and eating them.
They are totally surrounded by water, and the roads leading to main market have been submerged in water. And despite the officials feigning ignorance, the villagers have revealed to the news agencies that they are surviving by cooking rats and eating.
In fact the practice has become so rampant that rat catching has become a business of sorts and there are people who are expert hunters. They catch around 12 kg of rats every day and sell them at Rs40 per kg.
One wonders how a problem of such a magnitude has escaped teh notice of the government and authorities. The villagers obviously ignorant of health implications have found their own solution instead of going hungry.