over 100 dead in UP and Bihar due to heavy rains across the country, Twenty-nine people kill, and several stranded after continuous showers in Bihar led the state to a standstill, with the weather department predicting more storms in the next 24 hours.
Rains beat Patna, Bhagalpur and Kaimur areas of Bihar for 48 hours, a “totally unexpected” phenomenon according to the Met department, which upset road and rail traffic.
Schools have closed till Tuesday and boats, and local cranes were used to rescue people stranded in flooded areas. 19-teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in concerned areas of Bihar.over 100 dead in UP and Bihar.
The Bihar government has requested the Indian Air Force for two helicopters to lift and airdrop food packets and medicines in the flood-affected districts of Patna. It has also asked for de-watering machines.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday stated: “We are making all possible efforts. I would request to the people of the state to have patience and courage. Torrential rain has followed a continued dry spell which supports our government’s resolve to oppose climate change into environmental protection.”
A bird’s eye look of Patna made the city look like a vast lake dotted with structures of concrete while low-lying areas like Rajendra Nagar and Pataliputra Colony.
home to many famous citizens, private hospitals and medical stores and located several kilometres apart — were immersed in waist-deep water.
Principal Secretary, Disaster Management field, Pratyay Amrit, said: “It was amazing. The weather department had last week foretold heavy rainfall for many parts of Bihar but not Patna. We are working our best to rescue people from flooded areas with the help of NDRF and SDRF. The sump organisations are working overtime. However, water penetrating power sub-stations poses a challenge.”
The situation is relatively grim in Uttar Pradesh, where 93 lives were lost in rain-related incidents. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has dropped the leaves of all government officials given the situation.
“Immediate preparations should be made to pump out water from the flooded areas, and relief material should be provided to people affected by the flood. Given the constant rain, no official will be granted leave,” a government statement said quoting Adityanath.