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    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: Earlier today, PM Modi spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about the flood situation in the state. Notably, agencies are working with the local administration to assist the affected. The centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required, stated news agency ANI.

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    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: Gujarat experiences severe flooding in Junagarh due to heavy rainfall in the region.
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    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: So far, the death toll in rain-related incidents across India stands at 134.
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    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: The situation is unprecedented, it’s almost like a cloud burst. Impact is mainly due to water logging. Out of 19 NDRF teams deployed, 5 are in Patna. We’ve evacuated about 4,000 citizens since morning, said SN Pradhan, DG of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)on Patna floods

  • 3:16 PM IST

    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi who was stranded at his residence in Patna, rescued by National and State Disaster Response Forces personnel

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    Monsoon Mayhem LIVE: Meanwhile, people were taken to safer locations on JCB machines and tractors in Kankarbagh area of Patna in light of floods caused by ongoing rainfall.

New Delhi: As the death toll due to rain-related incidents in Bihar incresed to 29 in a span of five days, the Bihar government on Saturday sought the help of two Indian Air Force helicopters for flood relief operations in the worst-affected areas of Patna.

With no sign of relief, the Bihar government asked IAF to send the helicopters for lifting and airdropping food packets and medicines, in the flood-affected areas. Moreover, the state officials also sought the IAF for dewatering machines.

Rains have wreaked havoc in Bihar leaving several parts of the state submerged in floodwater, gasping for air to breathe. As a ‘red alert’ still hovers over the state with heavy to very heavy rainfall predicted in the next 24 hours, all schools will remain closed till October 1.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Sunday, said that special arrangements were in place for community kitchens to help the flood-affected people. “There has been heavy rainfall in some areas since yesterday and water in Ganga river is rising constantly. But proper arrangements are being made and administration is at the spot and making all the efforts to help people,” he said.

“Such a situation is not in any one’s hand, it’s a natural thing. Arrangements are being done to provide drinking water to all. Also, arrangements are being made for community kitchens for the flood-affected people,” he added.

Nineteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in the rain-affected areas of Bihar, along with several teams of the State Disaster Response Force.

Nearly seven people were killed in separate rain-related incidents on Sunday. While three people died n Bhagalpur district of the state after a wall collapsed, four others were killed in Khagaul after a tree fell on their auto-rickshaw. The water level in major rivers, including Ganga, Koshi, Gandak, Bagmati, Mahananda, are on the rise and are likely to breach embankments at many places across the state.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, the situation appears equally grim as close to 100 lives have been lost in the rain-related incidents. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all government officials to extend monetary support and cancelled their leaves in view of the situation.

The IMD has issued a warning of “very heavy rainfall” till Tuesday in several parts of the state.