Patna, Sep 29: As Bihar is having heavy downpour for the last 36 hours swelling major rivers including Ganga as several districts of the state are now grappling with flood in which 13 people have already dead.
There is no respite in sight for people of Bihar including those of the state capital as incessant rainfall continues to lash the state for second consecutive day today.
In the state capital, the problem of water logging is assuming dangerous proportion throwing life of common people completely out of gear. Localities like Boring Road, Bailey Road, Patliputra Colony, Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Patna University, Mahendru, Gandhi Maidan, Dak Bunglow roundabout, Ashiana Nagar, Jagdeo Path, Patna City and almost all other places of the state capital are facing acute problem of water logging.
Places like road number 6 of Rajendra Nagar, Moin-ul-Haque stadium and its adjoining areas are presenting sight of flood. On the other hand, six rivers including Patna are overflowing the danger mark. The flood water has gushed into hundreds of villages in Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Saran, Muzaffarpur and other districts.
At least 10 people lost their lives in separate mishaps caused by heavy downpour in Bhagalpur and Patna districts today. Meanwhile, chief minister Nitish Kumar convened an emergency meeting and held discussions with senior officers and district magistrates of various districts on the second consecutive day today in view of incessant rainfall and subsequent flood.
After the meeting, chief minister Mr Kumar told newspersons that people should keep patience in unexpected natural calamity. Government would ensure that people do not face crunch of necessary commodities at any cost, he added.
“We have to accept the situation with some courage. Government is making consistent efforts to provide necessary facilities to common people in view of their difficulties,” he remarked. State urban development and housing minister Suresh Kumar Sharma today made an on the spot assessment by visiting water logged areas of the state capital.
Meanwhile, Patna district magistrate Kumar Ravi ordered for suspension of academic activities at all government and private hospitals till October 1. In other districts too, academic activities have been suspended at all schools till Tuesday. East Central railway (ECR) has cancelled 28 express and passenger trains and 20 other trains have been diverted.
Sources at disaster management department said flood water has gushed into hundreds of villages in 11 districts of Patna, Buxar, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Munger, Katihar and Saran districts situated along the banks of Ganga river.
In these districts, 1047 boats have been pressed into service even as 11 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for carrying out relief and rescue operation. According to meteorological office, 29 places of the state received rainfall in excess of 50 mm during the last 24 hours.
Rosera received extremely heavy downpour of 290 mm while Gandhighat in the state capital recorded 152 mm of rainfall, Shripalpur 123 mm of rainfall, Bhagalpur 124 mm of rainfall, Basua 99 mm of rainfall, Gaya 92 mm of rainfall, Indrapuri 82 mm of rainfall, Lalganj 180 mm of rainfall, Kamtaul 68 mm of rainfall, Kursaila 78 mm of rainfall, Japala 117 mm of rainfall and Khagaria 140 mm of rainfall.
Similarly, Araria received 67 mm of rainfall, Galgalia 92 mm of rainfall, Revaghat 78 mm of rainfall, Daraul 50 mm of rainfall, Samastipur 52 mm of rainfall, Hayaghat 54 mm of rainfall, Buxar 60 mm of rainfall, Hathidah 181 mm of rainfall and Koelwar 180 mm of rainfall. According to Central Water Commission, Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati, Kamla Balan and Kosi rivers are flowing above the danger mark.
Ganga river is flowing above the danger mark at Digha Ghat by 22 cm, at Gandhi Ghat by 82 cm, at Hathidah by 85 cm, at Munger by 11 cm, at Bhagalpur by 55 cm and at Kahalgaon by 98 cm. Sone river has crossed the danger mark at Maner by 31 cm while Punpun river at Shripalpur by 60 cm, Burhi Gandak river at Khagaria by 151 cm, Baghmati river at Dhengabridge by 20 cm, at Runni Saidpur by 227 cm and at Benibad by 22 cm. Kosi river is flowing above the danger mark at Baltara by 101 cm and at Kursaila by 134 cm. Kamla Balan river is flowing at the danger mark in Jainagar. (UNI)