The National Disaster Response Force rescued a marooned deer from a flooded area in Gai Ghat area, Patna on September 30. In a video that was shared, an NDRF personnel is seen carrying the fawn in his arms all through the knee-height water. The video also shows other people stranded on the flood-hit street.
Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been severely hit by the floods, following heavy showers over the past few days. This has not only created havoc but has also affected life in the two States.
As per reports from local media, the rains have not only caused damage to the infrastructure with more than 200 houses being destroyed, it has also become responsible for claiming the lives of several people. The death toll has reached to 148 in the country. Area wise, there have been 21 casualties have been reported from Bhagalpur, Gaya & Kaimur districts of the state. Many animals have also reportedly lost their lives in the floods.
The situation is dire and boats have been pressed into service to evacuate the people stuck in the floods. Water has also gushed into houses, destroying furniture and many power sub-stations remain submerged. Therefore, power has been disconnected to avoid major casualties.
Nitish Kumar, who did an aerial survey of the situation recently, told reporters on Sunday, "We are making all possible efforts. I would appeal to the people of the state to have patience and courage. Torrential rain has followed a prolonged dry spell which vindicates our governments resolve to combat climate change through environmental preservation."
The weather department has forecasted a long-delayed withdrawal of Monsoon and more rains for Bihar, including capital Patna where several areas still remain submerged. Food and relief material are being airdropped in the affected areas.
India recorded its highest rainfall this Monsoon since 1994, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it 'above normal' as the season officially ended on Monday. However, rain-bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country.