Relentless rainfall caused death over 100 in UP and Bihar

Relentless rainfall caused death over 100 in UP and Bihar
Relentless rainfall caused death over 100 in UP and Bihar

[According to the data from the state disaster relief departments, in the last 72 hours Bihar and UP witnessed 127 deaths owing to heavy rainfall]

Sudden runoff in late monsoon rainfall caused at least 134 dead across the country in the past three years, with the maximum cases reported from Uttar Pradesh and Patna the Capital of Bihar, revolving under knee-deep water on Sunday.

According to the data from the state disaster relief departments, in the last 72 hours, Bihar and UP witnessed 127 deaths owing to heavy rainfall. And following an Indian Railways spokesperson statement, Because of rain, 22 inter-state trains have been canceled within these days.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Monsoon trough in various parts of the country is created due to the extension of low-pressure areas, which is the cause behind the latest spell of rainfall and would lead to more heavy showers in the coming five days.

This year Monsoon will be retreated later than usual from October’s second week, M Mohapatra the director-general of IMD said on Sunday. Usually, monsoon begins on 1st June and ends on 30th September, he added, this would be the first time since 1960, which year IMD started accumulating records, that monsoon will actively remain till mid-October.

Relief officials said the death toll has reached the number of 93 with the addition of 20 dead people in various rain-related incidents across the state of Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours.

According to the state’s Flood Management and Information System Center (FMICS), the Ganga was threatening by flowing above the danger level in Ghazipur and Ballia districts and in Gonda district the river Kuano was exercising the same threat.

We have issued flood warnings in 28 districts, said GS Priyadarshi, the UP relief commissioner.

In the last 24 hours, 23 deaths were reported from Patna, Bhagalpur and Kaimur, the most badly affected places in Bihar. On Sunday, multiple areas in Patna were flooded following 152mm of rain the night before. The second-largest medical facility of the city, the Nalanda Medical College Hospital was submerged with other government hospitals and buildings.

Officials said, for the rescue efforts, the state disaster response force has been deployed and additional pumps were also installed across the city for flushing out water.

15 districts with the tendency of more rain within the next 24 hours have been put on alert and the schools will be closed till Tuesday, said Pratyay Amrit, the principal secretary of Bihar’s disaster management.

For reviewing the situation and to direct for providing all possible relief, a meeting on Sunday is being held by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with district collectors, said Sanjay Kumar Jha, the state water resources minister. In Patna, the reporters have been told by PM that, “all possible efforts are being made by us. I would appeal to the people of the state for having patience and courage”.

A prediction made by the weather department for heavy rain in Patna till 30th September and even the additional release of water from the Farakka Barrage followed the receding water level in Ganga.

According to the officials, because of heavy rain in different parts of Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, three women drowned while their car was swept away at an inundated causeway in the Rajkot district. Adding apart from that, while the boat overturned on the coast near Gir Somnath district four fishermen be afraid sunken on Saturday evening.

Landslides caused by heavy rainfall made almost 4000 pilgrims helpless for close to 20 hours at Uttarakhand’s Badrinath shrine, on Saturday. According to the officials of the state’s Emergency Operations Centre, after removing the blockade on Sunday near 11 am the pilgrims left the shrine in batches.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall forecasted on Sunday by IMD with extremely heavy precipitation in multiple areas of Bihar, eastern UP, southern Gujarat, and the Himalayan region.

In pursuance of the dynamical model guidance, while concerning the forecast, there is no indication for the establishment of an anticyclone in the lower tropospheric levels over northwestern parts of India (which means the beginning of the withdrawal of monsoon) till 6th October. According to the models, there is an indication for the development of a weak anticyclone over the region from 7th October, said the IMD’s Sunday bulletin.

“Until the rain stops in northwest India they cannot announce the withdrawal of monsoon. The showering is going on in Gujarat and Rajasthan, and anticyclone has not established yet”, said Mohapatra.


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