Bihar floods: Death toll rises to 29, more rain in next 24 hours

As many as 29 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Bihar as rain continued for the third consecutive day on Sunday.

The latest official figures were confirmed by the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority on Monday.

Capital Patna witnessed heavy rains, causing traffic jams and water-logging at many low lying areas.

Amid prediction by IMD for more rain in the next 24 hours, the state government has also issued a ‘red alert’.

According to IMD, Patna will receive more rainfall for the next three days accompanied by thunderstorms.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also visited the flood-affected areas of the capital like Dak Bungalow Chauraha, Gandhi Maidan, Exhibition road, Kankarbagh Road, NMCH, Agamkuan Bridge and Anishabad.

Maximum deaths in the state were reported due to wall or house collapse; at least 14 of the deaths since Saturday were caused by brick walls collapsing on the victims in Gaya and Bhagalpur.

As per reports, three people drowned in Nawada while a six-year-old was crushed to death after her house collapsed in the middle of a downpour in Begusarai district.

The relentless downpour has caused flash flooding in the region since it lashed the capital late Friday night.

The water level in major rivers including Ganga, Koshi, Gandak, Bagmati, Mahananda, are on the rise leading to a significant rise in the water levels in the low lying areas.

Locals were seen wading through knee-deep waters with belongings in their hands on boats by NDRF, taking them to safe areas.

The dirty rainwater has seeped into the houses of people making it difficult for the many to move out of their houses.

District Magistrate Kumar Ravi had said that the SDRF and NDRF teams have rescued around 8000 to 9000 people and have taken them to safer places.

“Bus service was provided to college and school children to reach the Railway station. Now, our next aim is to provide clean drinking water and other basic facilities to the stranded,” the DM said.

As many as 19 teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Bihar that are carrying out rescue and evacuation operations along with other agencies in the flood-affected areas.

On Sunday, NDRF teams carried out evacuation operation in low lying parts of Patna and evacuated 235 people to safer places.

Images were shared on the internet of one of the biggest state hospitals, Nalanda Medical College hospital in waters.

The doctors and paramedical staff had to carry out medical services in knee-deep waters.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said, “Union Ministry of Home Affairs is in close contact with the administration of rain-affected state and as per the demand from Bihar government additional National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have also been deployed in Patna.”

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