Scarcity of food prevailed in Bihar, Bengal and Orissa, due to floods in some parts, drought in other parts and an earthquake. After the India-Pakistan partition, the refugee problem also exacerbated the misery in some areas. In Bihar, for example, because of floods along the Kosi River, people were suffering terribly. Many lives had been lost and property destroyed. Janaki Nandan Singh, the chairman of the Darbhanga Zilla Parishad (District Board), and a co-worker Baijnath Mishra, helped Baba greatly in His work of contacting the afflicted and homeless in the flooded areas.