Flash floods in Rajasthan & Bihar: IAF airlifts stranded

RSTV Bureau

Flash-Floods-in-BiharIndian Air Force today airlifted 24 people as heavy rains lashed the eastern parts of Rajasthan causing a flood-like situation. People were rescued from seven locations in Baran and nearby region by an IAF helicopter.

“Several villagers were sitting dangerously on tree tops amidst gushing waters waiting for help. MI 17 V5 helicopter airborne from air force station in Phalodi conducted rescue operation and 24 people were rescued,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.

Extremely heavy rains occurred at isolated places in Kota division while heavy rains lashed few places in Kota, Udaipur, Bharatpur divisions and light to moderate rains occurred at many other places, according to the Met department.

The Met department has issued warning for heavy to very rainfall for isolated places in east Rajasthan on Sunday too.

Meanhwile in  Bihar, the rising water level of Ganga affected all the districts situated along the banks of the river in Bihar with riverbank areas of the districts facing the brunt.

Ganga and five other rivers were flowing above danger mark in Patna, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Katihar, Siwan, Bhojpurand Buxar districts prompting officials to keep a close watch over the situation.

The Ganga river was flowing at maximum level (above danger mark) of the season at six places in various parts of three districts- Digha ghat, Gandhi ghat, Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district and Buxar district, a Disaster Management Department statement said.

Other rivers flowing above danger mark are – river Sone at Koilwar (Bhojpur) river Punpun at Sripalpur (in Patna), while Ghaghra remained in spate at Gangpur-Siswan in Siwan district, Kosi at Baltara and Kursela in Katihar district and Burhi Gandak in Khagaria, it said.

Bihar-flash-floodsFive teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Patna while two teams in Vaishali district to step up the relief and rescue operation in their flood-affected riverine areas, the department said.

Centre has been requested to give five more additional teams of NDRF to carry out relief and rescue operations in the affected districts, it said adding that these teams are expected to reach Patna by tonight.

In Patna, Ganga water entered into the basement of ‘Ganga Apartment’ through the sewer pipe.

The apartment, situated on Ashok Rajpath along the river banks, has around 125 flats where 500-600 people live.