Bihar rain: Toll rises to 42, rescue operations intensified

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Patna: National and State Disaster Response Force workers rescue residents from flood-affected area of Rajendra Nagar following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Patna, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Patna: National and State Disaster Response Force workers rescue residents from flood-affected area of Rajendra Nagar following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Patna, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)

At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in Bihar following a torrential spell that took place between September 27 and 30, authorities said.

The state continued to trudge towards normalcy on Wednesday with intensified rescue and relief operations and water being pumped out of submerged localities.

With a let up in the showers since Monday, restoration work was on in full swing.

Supervising rescue and rehabilitation work in Patna on late Tuesday night, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged people to have patience.

According to a release issued by the state disaster management department, 42 casualties have been reported so far from the districts affected by the heavy rainfall, though a district-wise break-up was not yet available.

The release put the total number of people affected by the devastating spell at 17.09 lakh.

The districts hit by the disaster were Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai and Vaishali situated on either side of the Ganga besides Arwal, Nawada and Nalanda in the Magadh region and Darbhanga and Katihar in Mithila.

The state capital, which has been among the worst-affected, was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall during the period as against the state average of 255 mm, the release said.

With restoration work being undertaken on a war-footing, all the sump houses were working at “full capacity” while three heavy-duty pumps have been brought in from Bilaspur to speedily flush out water from inundated areas of the city.

According to the disaster management department, six teams of the NDRF and two of the SDRF have so far rescued more than 10,000 people stranded in localities where the water level was several feet deep. These included 31 pregnant women and 361 patients who were rushed to hospitals.

Water-logging has also led to inundation of many power sub-stations forcing people to live without electricity for the past few days.

Accordingly, relief packets distributed by NDRF and SDRF and air-dropped by a couple of IAF helicopters contain matchsticks and candles in addition to edibles, ORS packets and medicines.

(PTI)