At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in Bihar following a torrential spell that took place between September 27 and 30.
Supervising rescue and rehabilitation work in Patna on late Tuesday night, chief minister Nitish Kumar urged people to “have patience”. Nitish also tweeted his visit
— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) October 1, 2019
According to a release issued by the state disaster management department, 42 casualties have been reported so far from the districts affected by the heavy rainfall, though a district-wise break-up was not yet available.
The state continued to trudge towards normalcy on Wednesday with intensified rescue and relief operations and water being pumped out of submerged localities.
With a let up in the showers since Monday, restoration work was on in full swing.
The release put the total number of people affected by the devastating spell at 17.09 lakh.
The districts hit by the disaster were Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai and Vaishali situated on either side of the Ganga besides Arwal, Nawada and Nalanda in the Magadh region and Darbhanga and Katihar in Mithila.
The state capital, which has been among the worst-affected, was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall during the period as against the state average of 255 mm, the release said.