From India Blooms
Patna, May 14 (IBNS) As various districts of Bihar crawl back towards normalcy after a thunderstorm wrecked havoc at week back killing at least 30 people, Asha Kiran, a school in the Rajgir district, run by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) is also getting back on its feet.
The school, where 108 physically challenged girls reside and study throughout the year, is located in Chetanalaya, Rajgir and fell right in path of destruction left by the storm.
The storms were powerful, ripping up most of the mango trees in the compound and demolishing parts of the roof over the girls dormitory and windows in the main building and garage door.
The make-shift school building and the dining room have also been damaged. As the storms came through some of the girls had to be rescued. The first hand accounts are chilling.
On Friday, suddenly it began to get dark and a severe thunder storm broke loose with heavy rains at around 9:30 a.m., sister Rose Plathottathil, could see bricks and part of the roof flying all around the compound.
With great difficulty, she struggled to get to the school side where the girls were gathered. As she reached the school she heard the cries of girls from the laundry.
Four of the polio-stricken girls were trapped in waist deep water. Sister Rose carried each one of them on her hip to safety. As the make-shift buildings came down one-by-one the girls ran to safety into the oldest building which with-stood the storm.
Sister Rose was able to call other members of the charity for help. Sister Roselyn Karakattu and Smita Karikkattil, from Patna, left for Rajgir and rushed to aid Sister Rose and the girls.
Sister Manisha Azhakathu, also joined them from Bakhtiarpur and Sister Philomena Kottoor, Cecily Velleringatt and Lucy Puthukkatt from Mokama came the following day.
There is much to be done to get Rajgir back up and running. But all are grateful that all of the SCN family members are safe.
Since the storm all but 26 of the girls have returned to their homes for summer vacation.
According to reports, one person died in the town of Rajgir and many of the huts were blown to pieces as the storm raged on over Patna, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Jehanabad, Jamui, Munger, Darbhanga, East Champaran, West Champaran, Kaimur and Rohtas districts.
Power supply and phone line connectivity were disrupted and rail traffic affected in large parts of Bihar.
This was the second storm in a month, following last month’s storm in which 93 people were killed and thousands of huts destroyed when a tornado hit the Araria, Purnia, Kishanganj, Katihar and Supaul belt in Bihar.