New Delhi: At least 24 people were killed in rain-related deaths across Bihar as on Sunday, i.e., September 29, stated officials of Disaster Management Department. The unexpected ‘heavy to extremely heavy rain’ in the state resulted in serious water-logging which brought life to a standstill in many regions especially in the capital city Patna.
In view of the flood situation, the 19 teams of National Disaster Response Force were deployed in rain-hit areas of Bihar to carry out evacuation operation. So far, the NDRF has rescued two people and evacuated 4945 people and 45 livestock, stated news agency ANI on Sunday. It must be noted that the NDRF rescuers also carried out rescue and evacuation operations with the help of other agencies including the State Disaster Response Force in all the flood-affected areas, particularly in the low lying parts of Patna.
The heavy rainfall which caused immense damage to the houses across the state did not spare that of the residence of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Rajendra Nagar and the residences of former Chief Ministers Satendra Narayan Singh on Boring Road and Jitan Ram Manjhi, as well as BJP MP and former Union Minister Rajeev Pratap Rudy. Besides, the floodwater also entered shops and hospitals in many places in the state.
On top of all this, the India Meteorological Department’s predictions state that further showers are in store for the next 24 hours in Bihar. In view of this weather warning, the state government has already issued a ‘red alert’.
Earlier on Sunday, news agency ANI tweeted pictures of the damage caused by the rains in Bihar, saying: “Three people died after a wall collapsed in Bhagalpur following heavy rain in the region, many feared trapped. Rescue teams at the spot.” Currently, the capital city is under a deluge and the water-logged roads have forced people to stay indoors.
The severity of the flood-situation can be understood from the deployment of boats in several localities to rescue the stranded people. “This is the first time I have seen boats plying on the water-logged roads in Patna… it is new for us,” a college student of Rajendra Nagar colony named Sanket Jha told news agency IANS.
A retired school teacher told news agency IANS, “Entire Patna is water-logged because of choked drainage. It has caused havoc in residential localities and exposed the Patna Municipal Corporation.”
The rainfall also crippled the rail, road and air transport. Twelve long route trains and several passenger trains were cancelled owing to the waterlogging. Meanwhile, the downpour had damaged the National Highways at several places in north Bihar districts, stated reports.
Meanwhile, the water level in some of the major rivers such as Ganga, Koshi, Gandak, Bagmati, and the Mahananda, are on the rise. There were reports of water level breaching the embankments in many places. To take stock of this situation, the Water Resources department has alerted the officials concerned and asked the district authorities to take immediate measures.