Lucknow/Patna, Sep 29: A heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains has flooded Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, killing seventy three persons in one week.People are facing difficulties and the BJP government is not making adequate arrangements. In Bihar, life has come to a standstill in Patna and 16other districts where heavy downpour in the last three days has flooded many parts, disrupting rail and road traffic.
Water levels in the Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Chambal, Ghagra and Sharda rivers have been rising above the danger mark at various places. As River Ganga breach the danger level of 71.26 m in Varanasi, authorities have intensified the rescue operations across the district.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a review meet, via video conferencing. Heavy rain has also been reported in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh where several people have died in rain-related incidents in the last few days.
It is feared that situation will get worse on Sunday as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that isolated places over Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are likely to receive heavy rainfall in next 24 hours.
Red alert has been issued in several districts, including Madhubani, Supaul, Araria, Kishanganj, Muzaffarpur, Banka, Samastipur, Madhepura, Sahasa, Purnia, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Katihar and Vaishali. The MeT department also issued orange alert in 10 other districts namely East Champaran, P Champaran, Poo Champaran, Shivhar, Begusarai, Sitamarhi, Saran, Siwan, Begusarai and Bhojpur.
IN UTTAR Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh received record rainfall – 1700 per cent above normal – on Friday, Prayagraj received 102.2 mm of rain and Varanasi received 84.2 mm of rain, much higher than what is usually received at this time of the year.
Twenty six deaths were reported from different parts of UP on Saturday. Forty seven people died across the state in rain-related incidents on Thursday and Friday. In Lucknow, Amethi, Hardoi and some other districts, schools were closed on Friday and and Saturday due to heavy downpour.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed divisional commissioners and district magistrates to take all measures and extend immediate relief to those affected, an official said. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to extend monetary help of Rs. 4 lakh each to the family members of those killed.