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Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Northeast Today

Heavy rains claim 29 lives in Bihar, Patna worst-affected

Heavy rains claim 29 lives in Bihar, Patna worst-affected
September 30
13:11 2019

NET Bureau

Torrential rains continue to batter several parts of eastern India including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Over 110 have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the two states. In Bihar, heavy rains have claimed 29 lives, according to Bihar State Disaster Management Authority. Patna was the worst affected with parts of the capital namely Dak Bungalow Chauraha, NMCH and others were submerged in deep waters and its residents were rescued by the authorities with the help of municipal cranes.

As per the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office, around 14 people died due to heavy rains on Sunday. Meanwhile, the weatherman has cautioned of more rainfall in the next 24 hours in Bihar. The authorities have shut down schools till Tuesday in anticipation of more showers.

Bihar had lost at least 18 lives on Sunday owing to mishaps caused by the downpour that inundated streets, water-logged railway tracks and marooned business establishments.

“It is nature’s fury before which man is often helpless. We are, however, trying our best. The problem is, we have no idea how long the downpour which caps a prolonged dry spell causing a drought-like situation is going to last. Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday.

The East Central Railway, headquartered in Hajipur and covering most parts of the state, said many trains have been cancelled, short-terminated or diverted on account of heavy water-logging over railway tracks and, in some places, damage caused to bridges.

Air traffic has also been affected.

Source: Business Today

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