100 killed in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh’s worst floods

More than 100 people were killed due to flooding caused by heavy rains in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Social media is flooded with dramatic images of the impact of flood waters.

Railway traffic, vehicular movement, healthcare services, schools and power supply have been disrupted in both these states. In Uttar Pradesh government more than 93 people died since Thursday a report said.

In eastern Uttar Pradesh, flooding forced officials to relocate more than 500 prisoners from the Ballia district jail to other prisons after water entered three buildings. The Additional District Magistrate told reporters that officials were awaiting permission to move all of the prison’s 850 inmates to Azamgarh jail, which is about 120km (74 miles) away.

The death toll in Bihar is 29 with the worst impact in its capital city Patna.

Most of the vehicular traffic are submerged in flood waters. Boats were being used to ferry people to safer locations. A video of a man struggling to pull his cycle-rickshaw out of flood water has been circulated widely on social media.

The amount of rain that poured over the past few days was “completely unexpected”. Even the administration wasn’t prepared to tackle such high volumes of rain.

The state government have asked the Indian Air Force for helicopters and machines to pump out water from submerged areas. Similar scenes have been reported from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh as well.

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday that, “Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time.

Source : Various

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