Patna: 48-hour long incessant rain submerged many major district headquarters of Bihar and 29 people were killed in various incidents.
The weather department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours in which rail and road traffic was totally disrupted. The worst-affected places were Patna, Bhagalpur and Kaimur districts of Bihar. Met department expressed ‘shock’, saying 48-hour long rain were a “totally unexpected” phenomenon.
A bird’s eye view of Patna made the city appear like a huge lake dotted with structures of concrete while low-lying areas like Rajendra Nagar and Pataliputra Colony — home to many prominent citizens, private hospitals and medical stores and situated several kilometres apart — were submerged in waist-deep water.
Schools have been closed till Tuesday and boats and municipal cranes were used to rescue people stranded in inundated areas. 19 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in affected areas of Bihar.
The Bihar government has asked the Indian Air Force for two helicopters to lift and airdrop food packets and medicines in the flood-affected areas of Patna.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said: "We are making all possible efforts. I would appeal to the people of the state to have patience and courage.”
Principal Secretary, Disaster Management department, Pratyay Amrit said: “It was unexpected. The weather department had last week predicted heavy rainfall for many parts of Bihar but not Patna. We are trying our best to rescue people from inundated areas with the help of NDRF and SDRF.”