Bihar is gripped in the holds of floods due to incessant rains since few days. The death count has crossed the number 40 since the floods have occurred. River Ganga along with other rivers have swelled up due to heavy rains in the state. According to the reports, the flood affected districts are Patna, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Vaishali. The capital city, Patna, remains the most affected area till now.
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But the question here arises is that why the Nitish Kumar government silent on the issue. The Chief Minister had, however, visited the affected areas and instructed the officials to resolve the issues. While, he blamed the nature for the situation, thereby, shrugged off from being responsible for the mismanagement of the whole issue.
The chief minister said that the floods were a result of a natural calamity. “We are extending every possible relief effort to the people affected by the floods in the city,” Kumar was quoted as saying in the TV reports. “We are doing everything we can. No one is sitting idle. This is a natural calamity magnified by climate change,” he spoke while talking to the news reporters after a survey of the worst flood-hit neighbourhoods of capital city Patna.
Meanwhile, due to the floods, streets are filled with knee deep water, rail tracks are waterlogged in Patna, which indicates lack of preparedness. Railways, hospitals, power reservoirs and educational institutions have been impacted majorly due to the rains and waterlogging. Bihar government had ordered the closure of educational institutions till October 1, Tuesday in the affected areas.
Over two dozen trains passing through Patna had been cancelled, and several trains had been diverted. Almost all train platforms of Patna are submerged in water. East Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer said, “All trains passing through Patna Junction have been mandated to stop at Danapur as well. The move has been taken to bring some relief to the people who are greatly inconvenienced by the water-logging inside and around the Patna Junction.”
The central government has, however, provided the two Air Force helicopters to Bihar for the relief and rescue operations in the flood-affected area of Patna. The Nitish Kumar led Bihar government had asked for helicopters for the rescue of the people from the affected areas of the state.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday lost his temper when reporters questioned him about the incessant rain and floods in his state, news agency ANI had reported. It happened when Nitish Kumar was answering the questions of the press representatives gathered to sought an answer on the alleged mismanagement and lack of preparedness from his government.
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Reports suggest that a few places such as Patna’s Rajendra Nagar did not have electricity or phone connection for about 64 hours. When asked about the toll, Kumar said that the floods occur in many parts of the country and around the world. “I am asking in how many parts of the country and across the world, have there been floods?” he asked. “Is water in some parts of Patna the only problem we have? What happened in America?” added Kumar. The chief minister assured the media that pumps were being used to drain the water off from the city.
“Over 12 districts were affected by a flash flood in July this year,” Kumar spoke while addressing media representatives. “After that, several parts of the state were hit by drought. Now, several districts are affected by the swelling of the Ganga and amid that heavy rains caused floods in Patna.” Kumar was heard as saying in the video surfacing on TV reports.
I don't know when will Patna Metro Rail actually start.. By the time Patna Municipal Corporation has started it's city boat transportation system.. Thanks Susashan Babu #patnafloods @NitishKumar pic.twitter.com/DrkBiX0m4j
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Many low-lying areas of Patna are still under water and cut off from the rest of the city, leaving residents stranded, The Indian Express reported. A Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Avinash Dey, on Tuesday, asked the media to provide him drinking water. “We have been calling out to the NDRF teams for water, but no one is helping us,” he alleged. “As there is no electricity, mobile phones are not working either.” claimed BJP leader in the state.