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Bihar floods Highlights: Death toll reaches 29, PM Modi assures all possible assistance

Bihar Patna Rains, Weather Forecast Highlights: NDRF and SDRF are conducting relief operations in low-lying areas of the state capital. The water-logging has severely affected one of Patna’s leading government hospitals, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2019 8:02:21 am
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Battered by heavy rainfall for the past 48 hours in 3 districts of Bihar, at least 29 people have died in the state due to mishaps caused by the downpour, according to news agency ANI. The state capital Patna continued to be among the worst affected with four-to six-feet-deep waterlogging in several areas Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who was stranded at his Patna residence, had to be rescued by NDRF.

Officials say the state capital has not witnessed such waterlogging since the 1975 floods. The Bihar government has also asked two helicopters from Air Force for lifting and airdropping food packets and medicines. The Patna district administration has ordered the closure of all schools till Tuesday.

NDRF and SDRF are conducting relief operations in low-lying areas of the state capital. The water-logging has severely affected one of Patna’s leading government hospitals, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH). Several trains and flights have been cancelled, rescheduled or diverted owing to the situation.

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Flood claims 29 lives across Bihar, several areas in Patna water-logged. Follow Highlights here.

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    21:06 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Patna: IAF chopper used to drop relief material

    Earlier today, a chopper of the Indian Air Force arrived in the city by noon, upon request from the state government, and commenced air-dropping of food and other relief material to people living in low-lying areas where water level is said to be several feet deep.

    (PTI)
    20:54 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Toll in rain-related incidents mounts to 145 in India

    Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were on Monday reeling from floods following incessant showers over the past few days, with the death toll in rain-related incidents mounting to 145 in the country.

    The highest number of deaths 111 were reported from Uttar Pradesh and 25 from Bihar since last week, news agency PTI reported.

    20:41 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Spoke to Nitish Kumar about situation in Bihar, says PM Modi

    Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected. Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.

    20:08 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar: NDRF distributes relief material in flood affected areas

    State and National Disaster Response Forces rescue people and distribute relief materials in flood affected Patna.

    19:16 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Union minister holds 'Hathiya Nakshatra' (constellation) responsible for Bihar floods

    As the flood situation worsened in Bihar, Union minister Ashwini Choubey on Monday said it was a "natural calamity" and blamed a particular constellation for the heavy downpour.

    "The downpour, which has been lashing Bihar for the past few days, is because of the Hathiya Nakshatra (constellation), during which sometimes there is a very heavy rainfall. The rains have now taken the form of a natural disaster," Choubey was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

    19:11 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Toll in rain-related incidents mounts to 134 in India

    Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were on Monday reeling from floods following incessant showers over the past few days, with the death toll in rain-related incidents mounting to 134 in the country.

    The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of Monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several areas still remain submerged due to heavy rainfall over the past three days.

    The Bihar disaster management department said the state government has urged the air force to send a helicopter for air-dropping of food packets and other relief material in the marooned areas. (PTI)

    19:01 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar conducts aerial survey

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas, news agency PTI reported.

    (Source: ANI)
    18:48 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Rahul Gandhi asks Cong workers to join relief-and-rescue efforts

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the situation due to the Bihar floods had gone out of hand and appealed to the party workers to immediately join the relief-and-rescue efforts to help the affected people.

    18:27 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar: How rains brought normal life to a grinding halt

    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.

    17:55 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Patna: Bihar CM holds meeting with officials

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Modi hold meeting with officials of flood affected districts via video conferencing.

    (ANI)
    16:55 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Visuals from Patna

    Residents ride a municipality earth-mover through a flooded street following heavy monsoon rain, in Patna, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI)
    An elderly person being rescued from a flood-affected colony at Rajendra Nagar in Patna, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI)
    A view of a flood-affected colony at Rajendra Nagar in Patna, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (PTI)

    16:32 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Situation in Bihar unprecedented: NDRF DG

    "The situation is unprecedented,it's almost like a cloud burst. Impact is mainly due to water logging. Out of 19 NDRF teams deployed, 5 are in Patna. We've evacuated about 4,000 citizens since morning," SN Pradhan, DG of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Patna floods.

    15:37 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar floods: Water enters Jakkanpur Police Station in Patna

    Water enters Jakkanpur Police Station in Patna due to flooding in the city.

    (Source: ANI)
    15:15 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    GoAir offeres fee waiver

    "Due to the bad weather conditions and the unfavourable situation in Patna, we are providing a full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all flights to/from Patna. Reach out to us on Twitter, FB or call us at 18602100999 for assistance," the airlines said in a tweet.

    15:07 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Patna: Five NDRF teams deployed in Rajendra Nagar and Kankarbagh areas

    "People are facing difficulties due to water-logging here. We are distributing the relief material to people. Five teams of NDRF have been deployed in Rajendra Nagar and Kankarbagh areas of Patna," Kumar Balchand, Deputy Commandant, NDRF was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

    (ANI)
    14:57 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Visuals from Patna

    (ANI)
    14:49 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Watch | People move to safer places on JCB machines in Patna

    People move to safer places on JCB machines and tractors in Kankarbagh area of Patna.

    14:36 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar Dy CM Sushil Modi rescued by NDRF

    Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who was stranded at his residence in Patna, rescued by National and State Disaster Response Forces personnel. 

    14:34 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Ballia jail inmates moved to different jails after heavy rainfall in region

    Inmates of Ballia Jail are being shifted to different jails after flood water entered barracks following heavy rainfall in the region. Additional District Magistrate Ram Asrey said, "Around 500 inmates are being sent to Azamgarh Jail and others are shifted to Ambedkar Nagar Jail."

    13:31 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    UP: Flood waters enter Ballia district jail, 900 prisoners to be shifted

    Flood waters have entered the barracks of the district jail located near the River Ganga here, prompting authorities to shift 900 prisoners, a senior official said on Monday. Heavy rains have battered many areas of Uttar Pradesh and led to flooding in low-lying areas. Of the 900 prisoners, 500 are being shifted to Azamgarh Jail and remaining to Ambedkarnagar, Additional District Magistrate, Ballia, Ram Asrey said.

    13:00 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Bihar floods

    Patna Sahib MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said that one helicopter has reached and another will come from Gorakhpur to provide relief materials.

    12:18 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar: Flood water enters residence of state minister Prem Kumar in Patna

    Bihar: Flood water enters residence of state minister Prem Kumar in Patna.

    11:17 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Principal Secy: Working to fulfill demand of drinking water in flood-affected areas in Bihar

    P Amrit, Principal Secy Disaster Management, Bihar told ANI that they are trying to restore power supply in affected areas.

    11:07 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Light rains over next 3-4 days to keep Delhi's humidity, pollution levels in check

    Delhi may witness scattered rains over the next three-four days which will help reduce humidity and keep air quality within "satisfactory" levels, the weather office said on Monday. An official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said scattered light rains are expected in the national capital over the next three to four days which will help check humidity and pollution levels. Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said Delhi's air quality is unlikely to witness a sharp deterioration due to on and off light rain and favourable wind direction. (PTI)

    10:23 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Rains lash Punjab, Haryana, Met warns of more in next 2 days

    Rains lashed Punjab and Haryana on Sunday, leading to a dip in temperature. "Rains have been widespread in Punjab while northern parts of Haryana including Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar received showers," a Meteorological Department official said here. The MeT has forecast more rains in the two states over the next two days. (PTI)

    10:07 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Hanuman Tibba near Manali in Kullu district receives fresh snowfall

    Himachal Pradesh: Higher mountains at Hanuman Tibba near Manali in Kullu district received fresh snowfall today.

    10:01 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    At least 110 dead in 4 days due to heavy rains across country

    In Uttar Pradesh, at least 79 people have died since Thursday. According to a state government report, 25 people died on Saturday, 18 lost their lives on Friday and 36 the day before. In Gujarat, three women drowned after their car was swept away at a flooded causeway in Rajkot district on Sunday following heavy rains in several parts of Saurashtra region, officials said. As many as 13 deaths were also reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in incidents triggered by heavy rains. (PTI)

    09:56 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar floods: State government asks IAF to airdrop food packets and medicines in Patna

    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.

    09:47 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar floods: 29 dead till now due to rainfall

    According to Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, 29 people have died in the state due to rainfall till now.

    09:38 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Bihar: Severe water-logging in Patna's SK Puri area

    Severe water-logging in Patna's SK Puri area, following heavy rainfall.

    09:37 (IST)30 Sep 2019
    Patna waterlogged as heavy rain lashes 13 Bihar districts

    Following heavy rainfall in 13 districts of Bihar in the past 48 hours, Patna on Sunday woke up to four- to six-feet-deep waterlogging in several areas. Officials say the state capital has not witnessed such waterlogging since the 1975 floods. And with the water level of Ganga rising, there are slim chances of the water receding soon. According to a PTI report, at least 13 people have died after buildings collapsed and trees fell on them due to incessant rain in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kaimur districts.

    09:19 (IST)30 Sep 2019

    Good Morning! Welcome to the Indian Express LIVE blog. Follow this space to track the latest developments on weather across India here.

    bihar rains, patna, patna news, patna rains, patna rains latest news, patna weather, patna weather today, weather, weather today, bihar weather, bihar weather today, bihar floods, patna floods, bihar patna rains, bihar patna weather, patna weather report today As many as 35 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh since Friday. (Express file photo)

    Meanwhile, incessant showers continued to lash Uttar Pradesh. At least 35 lives were lost in rain-related incidents since Friday, the state government said. While 25 of them died on Saturday, 10 lost their lives on Friday.

    In Uttarakhand, six pilgrims from Punjab, who were on their way to the Himalayan shrine of Hemkund Sahib, were killed when a huge rock fell on their vehicle in Tehri district following a landslip triggered by heavy rains, officials said.

    Also, three deaths each were reported from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while one person died in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Meanwhile, late-night showers in Delhi and parts of NCR brought down the temperature by a notch on Sunday morning. Light rains or drizzle is expected to continue during the day, the Indian Meteorological Department said in a statement.