Patna, Sep 30 : Residents of Patna and at least 13 districts of Bihar continue to face the wrath of heavy downpour as at least 27 people lost their lives in natural calamity persuading state governments to request Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide two choppers for lifting and airdropping food packets and medicines in the flood-affected areas of Patna.
The state government has also asked the Air Force for dewatering machines. Residents of the state capital of Bihar have some relief with no rainfall this morning but it could be short lived as weather office has warned of more rain in Bihar for 24 hours. Principal secretary (disaster management department) Pratyay Amrit said students living in various hotels in Rajendra Nagar locality are being evacuated to safe places.
He said teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in water logged areas. People living in ground floors of houses in Rajendra Nagar locality are also being shifted to safe places.
Mr Amrit said that arrangements had been made for Sudha booths at six places and also for 50 tankers for safe drinking water in the state capital. He said two lakh bottles of drinking water have been arranged and relief camps are being opened at six schools. Food would also be provided at these relief camps, he added.
At least 27 people have died in Bihar after incessant rain in the state. Patna district administration has ordered for suspension of academic activities all government and private schools till October 1. Cranes of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) are being used for rescuing people from completely submerged areas. Many people in the state capital are stranded in their homes without electricity and water supply.
At least 19 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the affected areas of Bihar.
Many trains in Bihar have been cancelled or diverted due to flooding of railway tracks and, in some places, damage caused to bridges. (UNI)