Bihar rains: 17 dead; hospitals flooded, boats out on roads
At least 17 people have died in Bihar, including 4 in Patna, after three days of incessant downpour threw normal life out of gear in the state. Moreover, homes and hospitals have been flooded. Subsequently, three teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in Patna. Even the boats are out on the city roads for rescue operations. Here are the details.
Red alert has been issued; major hospitals are flooded
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for the capital city, indicating "heavy to very heavy rainfall" in the area. The weather authority has predicted heavy rains in Patna till September 30. Furthermore, many state-run hospitals, including the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), one of the largest in the city, are flooded, thereby bringing more trouble for patients and civilians.
32 boats have been deployed to rescue people
Evidently, waterlogging has led to massive traffic jams, while heavy rains have disrupted rail traffic, leading to several train cancellations and delays. In some parts of the city, residents have also complained that there's no water supply since the last two days. Schools will remain shut till Tuesday. In order to evacuate people, 32 boats have been deployed in flooded regions of the city.
Watch: Water level reaches patients' beds in flooded NMCH hospital
On Saturday, CM Nitish Kumar held a review meet
To deal with the unfortunate situation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday held a review meeting through video conferencing with the concerned officials. Meanwhile, the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh remains flooded too.