Downpour in Bihar, 73 dead in UP in 4 days: Report
Lucknow : At least 73 people have reportedly been killed in downpour in several parts of the Uttar Pradesh. A red alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall has also been sounded by the weather agencies in many districts of the eastern UP.
Amid heavy rainfall in last three days, parts of Bihar and Patna were seen completely poured in the water, disrupting road and rail transport services in the state. On Saturday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a review meet, via video conferencing. Heavy rain has also been reported in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh where several people have died in rain-related incidents in the last few days.
Indian Railways cancelled at least 13 trains towards Bihar and many others were running with a huge delay.
The weather department has said that there will be heavy rainfall in Patna till September 30. All schools and colleges in the region will remain shut, announced the state administration.
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Visuals showed waterlogging at Nalanda Medical College Hospital, the second largest healthcare facility in Patna. "Localities like Rajendra Nagar and S K Puri are the worst affected," District Magistrate Kumar Ravi told reporters.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh recorded rainfall - 1700 per cent above normal - on Friday.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed divisional commissioners and district magistrates to take all measures and extend immediate relief to those affected, an official said. The Chief Minister also asked the officials to extend monetary help of Rs. 4 lakh each to the family members of those killed.