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Bihar Patna Rains, Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Parts of Bihar are likely to witness rainfall on Tuesday, the IMD said. Patna is also likely to receive light showers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Patna | Updated: October 2, 2019 8:43:53 am
Weather forecast today live updates: Parts of Bihar, including Patna, to receive rains Weather forecast today live updates: Flood-affected residents carry their belongings as they relocate from a low-lying area on the bank of River Ganga to a safer place, in Patna, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Bihar Patna Rains, Weather Forecast HIGHLIGHTS: Parts of Bihar are likely to witness rainfall on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Patna is also likely to receive light showers.

At least 40 people have died in rain-related incidents in the state in the last few days. Patna and 12 other districts are still a facing flood-like situation after the state received 370 mm rainfall between Saturday morning and Monday morning.

On Monday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected regions, before holding a review meeting with officials. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Kumar, saying the Centre was ready to provide all possible assistance to the state.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was among those rescued by the Patna administration from his Rajinder Nagar house. He was seen wading through chest-deep water in the first floor of his house to get on an NDRF boat.

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Weather forecast today live updates: The IMD has predicted more rains for Bihar, and Patna, on Tuesday.

Highlights

    12:26 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Bihar floods: 20 NDRF teams, along with IAF, deployed for rescue ops

    A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the Centre's help, 20 teams of NDRF were pressed into service, along with Indian Air Force helicopters, reported PTI. At least 16 districts remain flooded. Six of the NDRF teams were sent to Patna, which is still reeling under floods.

    11:46 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Delhi weather news: Cloudy skies, light rains today

    The IMD predicted light rains and thundershowers in the national capital on Tuesday as residents woke up to cloudy skies. The maximum temperature is likely to reach 32 degrees Celsius, while the minimum will settle at 24 degrees.

    11:36 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Southwest monsoon: Season of plenty for reservoirs

    June-September monsoon ends with reservoirs holding 21 per cent more water than 10-year average for this stage, 33 of 113 reservoirs at full capacity, and all river systems with higher storage than normal. Read more here.

    11:05 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra elections: ‘Dark cloud’ over poll rallies, roadshows as monsoon overstays

    Political parties in Maharashtra are worried that rain will play spoilsport as they set out for rallies, roadshows and campaigns across the state, which goes to polls on October 21.

    According to the Met department, the monsoon withdrawal from the extreme northwestern parts of the country is expected to commence not before October 7. Normally, the commencement of retreat is September 1, which means that this year, the monsoon has overstayed for a month.

    “There is more rain in store for East Rajasthan and parts of Gujarat during this week, as a result of which it is still not conducive to declare the commencement of monsoon withdrawal from the country. Once the moisture levels drop, we are expecting the retreat to start after a week,” D Sivananda Pai, head, climate research and services at IMD, Pune, told The Indian Express.

    10:52 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Watch | Bihar's Patna goes under

    Bihar battered by heavy rainfall for the past 48 hours yet again this monsoon season, as the water level in the Ganga and other rivers, surged after heavy rainfall continued to lash the region.

    10:13 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Bihar floods in pictures: Heavy rains claim 40 lives, Patna worst-affected

    Officials say Patna has not witnessed such waterlogging since the 1975 floods. It's among the worst affected in Bihar with four-to six-feet-deep waterlogging in several areas. Here are some pictures, taking by news agency PTI.

     

    09:26 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Monsoon draws to a close; highest rainfall in 25 years

    The southwest monsoon ended on Monday, the IMD said, adding that the season has seen “above normal” rainfall. The country has experienced its wettest monsoon in 25 years, the agency added. Rainfall in September was the second heaviest in 102 years, according to the IMD’s 2019 Southwest Monsoon Rainfall report, issued on Monday. The rainfall across India during June to September was recorded at 968 mm, taking the total rainfall to 110 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), which was last seen in 1994, according to the agency.

    09:22 (IST)01 Oct 2019
    Bihar weather news: Parts of state, including Patna, to receive rainfall today

    Parts of Bihar, including Patna, are likely to receive rainfall today, the IMD has said. At least 13 districts are still reeling under a flood-like situation after the state received 370 mm rainfall between Saturday morning and Monday morning. 

    Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi with his family after being rescued by a SDRF team from his flooded residence at Rajendra Nagar (ANI Photo)

    Bihar floods: Residents ride a municipality earth-mover through a flooded street in Patna on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI Photo)

    Patna, and 12 other districts, remain flooded. Most people are not ready to leave their houses, despite the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with state authorities engaged in relief work. The state government Monday arranged to air-drop food packets and medicines from two IAF helicopters in low-lying areas, including Rajinder Nagar, Kankerbagh and Kumhrar.

    In Patna, there is no electricity or water supply in several areas.

    Due to waterlogging, more than a dozen trains have been cancelled or rescheduled. Air services have been suspended too.

    Medical services have been affected at the state-run Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and over 50 private hospitals in Kankerbagh and Rajinder Nagar.

    Awkash Kumar from Vishwakarma Nagar of Kumhrar told The Indian Express, “Thirteen members of my family are living in one room. After three days, I came out to buy food items and candles. We cannot leave the homes vacant as thieves are moving around. We cannot depend on the government. Two choppers cannot provide food to 10 lakh affected people in low-lying areas.”

    Vinay Kumar, a psychiatrist who lives near Kankerbagh, said the situation is worse than the 1975 floods. Kankerbagh residents blamed Patna Municipal Corporation for not cleaning major nullahs. With the water level in the Ganga not receding much despite the opening of all gates of Farakka Barrage, the low-lying areas might remain waterlogged for a week.