[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/28/art.india.flood.jpg caption="The worst flooding in decades has devastated much of the state of Bihar in India."]Sara Sidner
I am surrounded by nothing but water. I’m sitting in an aluminum boat with a couple of cracks in it, going on a rescue mission with the army in Bihar, where almost 3 million people have now been affected by the worst flooding in decades.
The worst flooding in decades has devastated much of the state of Bihar.
Sorrow is everywhere. A village is just ahead. You can see the tops of some homes while others are hidden beneath the rising water. People are begging for us to stop and help them.
There is only enough room for 80 people on this boat. There are more than 150 waiting. It’s heartbreaking. People are piling on now. It’s too much and the army major screams for them to stop or the boat will sink.
Finally dozens of children, mothers, fathers, and grandparents get aboard. Some are crying, others stone faced. Everyone is hungry and tired.
One woman tells me she has nothing left. She has no idea where she will go and how she will feed her little girl. Her husband stuck in another village that is flooded.
The boat is taking on a little water. The army is discussing going back and dropping off a few people but decide against it. Slowly in the strong current of the Kosi river we can see land.
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