The India Meteorological department issued red warning on Sunday for heavy rainfall in Bihar, with highest rainfall recorded in Samastipur, Bhagalpur, Begusarai and Bhojpur districts.
29 people have died in Bihar after incessant rain in the state left many parts, including capital Patna, flooded. The weather office has warned of more rain in the 24 districts of the state in the next 24 hours. Schools in Patna have been closed till Tuesday.
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.
According to Met. department’s recent tweet, Patna has received 91mm of rainfall, Purnea has received 152.2mm, Bhagalpur 92.33 mm, and Gaya 17 mm from 8.30 am on Sunday to 5.30am Monday.
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) September 30, 2019
With water levels of rivers surging due to continuous downpour, Central Water Commission (CWC) has said, river Bagmati is flowing in severe flood situation and is expected to rise at Dheng Bridge, Runisaidpur in Sitamarhi district and Benibad in Muzzafarpur district.
River Ganga is flowing in severe flood situation at Dighaghat, Gandhighat, Hathidah, Munger, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Patna, Begusarai, Munger and Bhagalpur districts, respectively, due to previous flood.
With IMD predicting heavy rains over East Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours severe flood in Ganga river could continue over the next two days. This could lead to additional contribution from both north and south bank tributaries for another three days.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Sunday held a high-level meeting to discuss the current flood situation in Bihar. A statement by Bihar government mentions that the disaster management teams and the local administration are working together to control the situation.
“Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday. 19 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in affected areas of Bihar.
CWC in its recent update stated, “Since the situation is likely to continue for at least another 24 hours, maximum vigil along the rivers as well as urban drains have to be maintained for sudden flood like situation in association with intense rain spells during the warning period.”