PM discusses Bihar flood situation with CM, assures Centre’s assistance

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Patna: A flood-affected person sits with a child on a cart in an area affected by waterlogging following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Patna, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Patna: A flood-affected person sits with a child on a cart in an area affected by waterlogging following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Patna, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday discussed the flood situation in Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said the central government stands ready to provide all possible help.

“Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected,” PM Modi tweeted.

He said the Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.

Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were on Monday reeling from floods following incessant showers over the past few days, with the death toll in rain-related incidents mounting to 148 in the country.

The highest number of deaths 111 were reported from Uttar Pradesh, while 28 people lost their lives in Bihar since last week.

The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of Monsoon and more rains for Bihar, including capital Patna where several areas still remain submerged, and food and relief material are being air dropped.

India recorded its highest rainfall this Monsoon since 1994, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it ‘above normal’ as the season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country.

In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee deep waters.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was “rescued” by a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) boat.

An Indian Air Force helicopter commenced air-dropping of food and other relief material to people living in low-lying areas where water level is said to be several
feet high.

In Uttar Pradesh, since Thursday, 104 people have died in rain-related incidents, with the state government on Sunday cancelling leave of officials in view of the situation.

Delhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office.

In a year the rest of India witnessed above-normal monsoon, the city recorded the lowest rainfall since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 per cent, the IMD said.

Besides these states, as many as 13 deaths were reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

In Bihar, the disaster management department said six deaths have been reported from Gaya district where five persons were killed in a wall collapse while another person drowned in a river which has been in spate because of rains.

More than 4,000 people, including women and children, were rescued from the flood-affected areas of Patna on Monday, the NDRF said.

(PTI)