North grapples with rain fury, 110 die in 4 days
New Delhi, September 29
Nearly 110 people have died in rain-related incidents across the country in the past four days, with Uttar Pradesh reporting the maximum deaths, while incessant rainfall in Bihar has badly hit life, with almost all areas of Patna under knee-deep waters and people struggling to meet their daily needs.
In what the weather department said could be the longest delayed withdrawal of monsoon, rains continued to lash several states, including Bihar, where at least 13 people have died over the past 48 hours, while large swathes were inundated, affecting railway traffic, healthcare services, schools and disrupting power supply.
In UP, 79 persons 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, officials said. As many as 13 deaths were also reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, MP and Rajasthan in rain-related incidents.
In Bihar, a bird’s eye view of state capital Patna made the city appear like a huge lake dotted with concrete structures. Posh low-lying areas are flooded. Private hospitals, medical stores and other shops were submerged in waist-deep water. The East Central Railway, headquartered in Hajipur, said 30 trains have been cancelled. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “We are making all possible efforts. I would appeal to the people of the state to have patience and courage.”