Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asks officials to stand by fire-affected people

, 11:01 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today directed the officials to take expeditious measures to provide relief to the people facing water crisis and problems arising out of fire-related incidents throughout the state, an official release said.

During a cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh to call a meeting of the crisis management group and issue directive to the regional administration to take effective and speedy mesaures to provide succour to the people grappling with water crisis and fire-related incidents having taken place due to sweltering heat conditions, the release said.

Kumar further asked the senior officials to visit the affected places to collect complete information about imact of incidents related to fire and put up camps in affected areas for distribution of relief materials, including food for a week.

He said that the affected people should be provided ex-gratia to be compensated for damage to houses, utensils, cloth and foodgrains by dubbing the fire-related incidents as calamity.

Two children were charred to death and five others suffered burn injuries in a major fire that gutted 340 thatched houses at a village in state’s Vaishali district today.