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Weather facts, forecasts project grim scenario across India

Weather forecasts indicating there would be a large-scale loss to life and property due to heavy rains are turning out to be true in most states of the country

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Rain has once again wreaked havoc in many parts of the country. So far, 73 people have died in rainy weather-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh whereas continuous rains in Bihar have caused waterlogging in the roads and other areas of the state capital Patna; the houses of at least two ministers have been inundated.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy rainfall at different places in eastern Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, which turned out to be a correct weather forecast. According to the statement issued by the government, people died due to falling houses, falling trees and snakebites while wading through rain waters.

Apart from the collapse of badly built houses, walls falling over the roads people were passing through have caused some deaths. In a statement on the weather-related deaths issued by the government, it has been said that many people have been injured in these rain-related accidents.

In Uttarakhand, officials said that six pilgrims from Punjab going to the Himalayan pilgrimage Hemkunt Sahib were killed when a big rock fell on their vehicle in the Tehri district. The heavy rains in the area caused a landslide; this rock was a part of the rubble tumbling down from the hills to the road the family was passing through.

There are reports of three deaths from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while one person died in Jammu and Kashmir.

In Bihar, continuous heavy rains since Friday have affected normal life in many parts of the state and this has affected rail traffic, health facilities and schools.

The private houses of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Road Construction Minister Nandkishore Yadav and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Patna seemed like deserted islands in such weather.

The IMD has predicted heavy rains in the city till 30 September. Patna district administration has ordered the closure of all schools till Tuesday.

There was waterlogging in the premises of Nalanda Medical College Hospital and Gardnibagh Hospital. District Magistrate Kumar Ravi told reporters, “Areas like Rajendra Nagar and SK Puri have been the worst affected.”

In Bihar, more than 100 mm of rainfall has been received at 12 places from 8:30 AM on Friday morning till 8.30 AM on Saturday.

An official of the IMD predicted that moderate to heavy rains would occur in most areas of Bihar for the next 48 hours and the situation would be normal after 3 October.

The representative of the IMD, in the forecast for the next 48 hours, told that the rainfall conditions will remain in central, eastern, north-eastern and south-eastern Bihar.

Rajesh Kumar, the chief public relations officer of East Central Railway, said that due to the loss of land due to heavy rains, the operation of the up line and down line at Dilwa-Nathganj in Dhanbad division was affected for a few hours.

Apart from this, some trains were cancelled, some were partially cancelled and some were changed.

In Udaipur district of Rajasthan, at least three students died in the incident of falling of a government school wall on Saturday. This school is located in the foothills.

Three people, including a police constable, who were crossing a booming drain on the Ghansaur-Kedarpur road under Kindarai police station, about 100 km from Seoni district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh, died after falling into it.

A 22-year-old woman died of lightning in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. Due to heavy rains in many parts of Jammu province, life was disrupted on Saturday morning due to waterlogging and traffic jam.

Meanwhile, after heavy rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Krishna River is again in spate. As a result, the level of already filled dams in Andhra Pradesh increased.

The IMD has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of North Gujarat on Saturday and heavy rain in Saurashtra-Kutch region of the state over the weekend.

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