The weather department has issued red alert for the city. (PTI File Photo)
Incessant rains have brought normal life to standstill killing more than 20 people in the last three days in Bihar. Heavy rains since Friday have thrown normal life out of gear affecting rail traffic, healthcare facilities and schools in the state. Streets of capital Patna are flooded with water and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to conduct rescue operations in the city. Four people died in last two days in Patna only. The weather department has issued red alert predicting ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ for the city, reported HT.
Floodwater has entered state-run hospitals which include Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and Gardanibagh hospital. Boats have also been pressed into service to take people to highlands in Patna.
The residences of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy resembled marooned islands. “Localities like Rajendra Nagar and S K Puri are the worst affected,” District Magistrate Kumar Ravi told reporters.
Residents of Patna took to Twitter to describe the flood situation in the city-
The video is of a poor Rickshawalla from Patna. You may cry by understanding his pain and cries.— RITURAJ SINGH (@ThinknThought) September 28, 2019
Bihar is drowned & India is busy with #IndiasPrideModi #TheBigBillionDays
How can we celebrate if poor people in our own country are crying? #BiharRains
Do we have a heart? pic.twitter.com/UafaMNViJZ
Actor Manoj Bajpayee also expressed concern over the situation in Bihar in a Twitter post-
Reports of heavy rainfall and flood like situation coming in from PATNA.hope all of you are safe!!!— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) September 29, 2019
Rail traffic on Sunday was suspended on the Darbhanga-Samastipur section in the morning as tracks at some places got inundated due to heavy rain, leaving at least three trains stranded.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took stock of the situation in a video conference meeting in which officials informed him that the state received an average rainfall of 50 mm since Friday while districts like Vaishali and Nawada recorded more than 200 mm.