Bihar on Red Alert; Heavy Rain, Hospitals Flooded and Schools Closed

27 people have died in Bihar after incessant rain in the state left many parts, flooded. Patna is among the worst affected. The weather office has warned of more rain in the 24 districts in the next 24 hours. Schools in Patna are closed till Tuesday anticipating heavy rain. Residents in inundated areas were taken out in rescue boats.

“Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday. Bihar’s neighboring state Uttar Pradesh saw 87 deaths in the last five days due to heavy rain. The Bihar government has asked the Indian Air Force for two helicopters 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 de-watering machines.

Many trains have in Bihar have been cancelled or diverted due to flooding of railway tracks and, in some places, damage caused to bridges. Posh low-lying areas like Rajendra Nagar and Pataliputra Colony were flooded. Private hospitals, medical stores and other shops were submerged in waist-deep water. Visuals showed flooding at Nalanda Medical College Hospital, the second largest healthcare facility in the city.

‚ÄúSince the situation is likely to continue for at least another 24 hours, maximum vigil along the rivers as well as urban drains have to be maintained for sudden flood like situation in association with intense rain spells during the warning period,” stated CWC in its latest update.

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