At least 29 people were killed due to rain-related incidents in the last three days across Bihar. Patna remained the worst affected, where heavy downpour has caused flooding in homes, hospitals and offices, bringing normal life to a standstill.
A red alert was sounded for most districts in the state, as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to very heavy rainfalls over the next three days. According to the IMD, Patna alone has received around 200 mm of rainfall since Friday evening.
The state Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, had called for a meeting with the district magistrates of the affected areas via video conferencing on Saturday. The CM has directed the setting up of community kitchens and relief camps.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in the affected districts to carry out immediate relief and rescue operations in case of emergency.
Water Resources Department officials had earlier said water levels in all the rivers in the state were rising leading to inundation in towns and rural areas and putting pressure on the embankments.
According to officials, water gushed into dozens of villages in Muzaffarpur, West Champaran, East Champaran, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. In Muzaffarpur, heavy rainfall has resulted in waterlogging in the entire town. "The town is submerged due to failure of drainage system and the water has entered the Sadar Hospital," an official was quoted as saying by IANS.
Here are the Live updates of the situation in the state on Monday:
Floods water enters Jakkanpur Police Station in Patna
Five teams of NDRF have been deployed in Rajendra Nagar and Kankarbagh, says Deputy Commandant of NDRF
"People are facing difficulties due to water-logging here. We are distributing the relief material to people. Five teams of NDRF have been deployed in Rajendra Nagar and Kankarbagh areas of Patna," said Kumar Balchand, Deputy Commandant, NDRF.
Inmates of Ballia Jail being shifted to different jails
Inmates of Ballia Jail are being shifted to different jails after flood water entered jail barracks following heavy rainfall in the region. Ram Asrey, Addl District Magistrate says,"Around 500 inmates are being sent to Azamgarh Jail & others are shifted to Ambedkar Nagar Jail." pic.twitter.com/KcU6bPQuCN— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 30, 2019
CM Nitish Kumar calls for a meeting with officials
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called a meeting with officials of flood-affected districts later today. The meeting will be held via video conferencing, reported ANI.
We empathise with people from Patna
All 119 gates of the Farakka barrage opened
"I have had meetings with our MLAs & officials. I am informed that all gates of Farakka Barrage have been opened & bigger pumps from Coal India will be made available. NDRF has informed that there are enough boats," said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
He had earlier held a meeting with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Delhi, requesting him to open the gates.
The release of 2.75 lakh cusecs of water from the Indrapuri barrage across the Sone river had only worsened the situation in Ganga, which had a direct impact on Patna.
CM Nitish Kumar visits affected areas
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited the flooded areas of Patna - Dak Bungalow Chauraha, Gandhi Maidan, Exhibition road, Kankarbagh Road, NMCH, Agamkuan bridge and Anishabad - on Sunday and issued necessary instructions to the officials, reported Financial Express.
Working to fulfill demand of drinking water in flood-affected areas, says Principal Secy Disaster Management
P Amrit,Principal Secy Disaster Management,Bihar: We're working to fulfill demand of drinking water in flood-affected areas. We're trying to restore power supply in affected areas.Also,we've asked for 2 high-power intensity pumping machines from Coal India to pump out flood water pic.twitter.com/WtGeKeDyeX— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2019
WATCH | Nalanda Medical College and Hospital flooded
Patna Flooding - 4— Farookh?️ (@farrookh) September 28, 2019
This is famous NMCH (Nalanda Medical College and Hospital)
Look at the condition of patients@alamgirizvi @DEBKANCHAN @SaurabhShahi6 @ajitanjum @anjanaomkashyap @kingofhell_IN @scaredindia @Aquib__Ameer @isaurabhshukla @Mr_Singh86_ pic.twitter.com/pq6rb4kWDj
Schools closed till Tuesday in Patna
With normal life disrupted due to flooding and waterlogging in various parts of Patna for the last three days, the district administration has declared holiday in schools and colleges till Tuesday.
WATCH | A rickshaw puller wades through the flood
#Patna is going through a tough time. It has a huge population who are homeless. They live on footpaths, Rain Baseras or under the bridges. They work daily to earn their livelihood.— Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) September 28, 2019
Now, they neither have any place to live nor anything to eat. @NDRFHQ #PatnaRains #Bihar pic.twitter.com/tQvL5ITQbA
Hospitals flooded due to incessant rains
Bihar govt asks IAF's help
Bihar government has asked Indian Air Force for two helicopters for lifting and airdropping food packets and medicines, in the flood-affected areas of Patna, reported ANI.