Bihar Rain Update: People are clueless, what is the government doing to tackle the situation?
27 people have died so far due to the incessant rain in Bihar causing a flood in many parts including Patna. The weather department has warned for heavy rains in the next 24 hours in 24 districts. Schools in Patna will stay closed till Tuesday anticipating heavy rain in the city. Patna was brought to a standstill after many areas got waterlogged up to the chest. Residents were rescued through boats and some heartbreaking pictures and videos are getting viral on the internet.
Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday that even the weather department seems clueless but the government is trying its best. The neighbouring state to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh has also seen 87 deaths in the last five days due to heavy rain.
The Bihar government has asked for Helicopters and de-watering machines
Nitish Kumar visited the flooded streets of Patna’s most affected places like Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar. The Bihar government has asked for 2 helicopters from Indian Air Force for lifting and airdropping medicines and food packets in the flood-affected areas. The JDU and BJP coalition government has also asked for de-watering machines.
Not just the rescue boats but, municipal cranes were also used to rescue people where the rain has created havoc in the last four days. Many residents are stranded in their home without water and electricity. A total of 19 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are currently working in the affected areas of Bihar.
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Trains and flights are also affected due to heavy rains
Many trains have been either cancelled or diverted due to water on railway tracks or the damaged bridges. Air traffic is also disturbed due to the water havoc. GoAir announced on Twitter that it has diverted its flight between Delhi to Varanasi and Mumbai to Lucknow.
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told that the Union Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation in affected states – Bihar, UP and Jharkhand.
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