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Rain ravages Bihar & UP

Rain ravages Bihar & UP

New Delhi: Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were on Monday reeling from floods following incessant showers over the past few days, with the death toll in rain-related incidents mounting to 145 in the country.

The highest number of deaths 111 were reported from Uttar Pradesh and 25 from Bihar since last week.

Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions of the IMD, two - west Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra and Kutch - recorded precipitation in "large excess".

In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee-deep water.

The Bihar disaster management department said the state government has urged the air force to send a helicopter for air-dropping food packets and other relief material in affected areas.

Though there was a let-up in rainfall in the morning, the IMD has predicted showers later on Monday in the Bihar capital.

Delhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office.

In a year the rest of India witnessed "above-normal monsoon", the city recorded the lowest rainfall since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 per cent, the IMD said.

In Uttar Pradesh, since Thursday, 104 people have died in rain-related incidents, with the state government on Sunday cancelling leave of officials given the situation.

In Ballia authorities had to shift about 900 prisoners to other jails after floodwaters entered the barracks of the district jail located near the Ganga river.

Besides these states, as many as 13 deaths were reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, whose own residence was affected by the deluge, was seen doing the rounds of the city clad in a T-shirt and shorts and issuing instructions to officials.

More than 4,000 people, including women and children, were rescued from the flood-affected areas of Patna on Monday, the NDRF said.

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