Men cross a flooded road after heavy rains caused by Cyclone Phailin at Gaghra village in Jharkhand
Men cross a flooded road after heavy rains caused by Cyclone Phailin at Gaghra village in JharkhandReuters

As India's eastern coasts face the brunt of Cyclone Phailin, rain-bearing clouds have moved towards neighbouring country of Nepal.

The Indian weather department warned of heavy rainfall in the areas near the rivers Kosi and Gandak, one of the major rivers of Nepal with its left bank tributary in the Ganges, Principal Secretary Disaster Management Vyas Ji told PTI.

He added that all necessary arrangements have been made to tackle any adverse situation such as floods or landslides.

According to the Met department report, the tropical cyclone triggered heavy rains coupled with high speed winds in Bihar for the last two days, resulting in a continuous downpour in the districts of Bhojpur (170.3 mm), Siwan (101.9 mm) and state capital Patna (85.2 mm).

While Bihar receives normal rainfall of 3.2 mm during this time of the year, the state saw 125.3 mm rain on an average in the past two days.

Water level in almost all the rivers has increased with Bagmati and Punpun rivers breaching the danger mark due to the torrential rains.

Latest Updates on Odisha Relief Operations

Relief and restoration work in Odisha's distressed areas was stepped up on Tuesday as the 'severe' Cyclone Phailin lead to floods and affected over 1.2 crore people in more than 16,000 villages and claimed 26 lives.

  • Aerial survey by CM Naveen Patnaik was made of flood-hit districts of Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Out of the 9.9 lakh people evacuated ahead of the cyclone, more than 1,12,241 people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister S N Patro told the news agency.
  • Water level in the Budhabalang River has receded but the flood situation in Basta, Bhogarai, Jaleswar and Baliapal areas remained severe as Subarnarekha river was flowing near the danger level of 10.36 metres.
  • The number of stranded people in the cyclone-hit state has come down to 75,000 - 68,000 in Balasore and 7,000 in Jajpur districts from over 2.5 lakh on Monday
  • Relief operation teams have stopped air-dropping food packets, citing substantial wastage. They are instead sending relief materials by boats to flood-hit areas.