In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Pratyaya Amrit, a senior IAS officer, spoke about the situation in Patna amidst reports of incessant rain and floods. The Ganga has been overflowing and red alert has been declared in 15 districts across the state. Following the incessant rainfall over the past two weeks, the districts along the River Ganga in Bihar from Buxar to Bhagalpur are facing a severe flood situation. Water has entered the low-lying areas on many districts including Patna. Post the heavy downpour the last two weeks, the districts are now facing a severe flood situation.
'From the information that we got from IMD, we have been issued a red warning. In reference to that, we have been preparing ourselves in the last two days,' Pratyaya Amrit said in a statement.
The senior IAS officer Amrit, further asserted that if such an emergency situation arises where people need to be rescued, the administration is ready to take up appropriate steps to conduct the mission. Nitish Kumar, the CM of Bihar had earlier expressed concern on the IAS officer's report on the situation in North Bihar. The report stated that Bihar is expected to receive 300mm of rain in the next three days. Kumar had earlier issued instructions for the evacuation of people nestled in the villages where water has entered through the overflowing rivers flooding the entire space.
'In Patna, we are witnessing the downpour from yesterday in the evening. In only a couple of hours, we have crossed the mark of 200mm. We still have the entire day left. The forecast for Patna states that the chances of heavy rains are high,' said Amrit.
The water levels of River Ganga at Munger, Bhagalpur, Kahalgaon, Sahibganj and Farakka are still on the rise and is threatening to further worsen the flood situation. At Buxar, Dighaghat, Gandhighat and Hathidah the water levels have slowly returned to a stable state and are likely to lower if the downpour stops. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a report stating that the rain and thunderstorms are likely to continue in Bihar this week. It had issued an orange alert for Bihar till Saturday morning. However, thunderstorm and lightning are to continue over Bihar till Wednesday.