PATNA: The death toll due to floods and incessant rainfall since Thursday evening in Bihar rises to 17.
While three passed away in Bhagalpur, the rains claimed four lives in Khagaul area of Patna on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, three persons died in Bhagalpur under Barari Police station limits after a wall of an old temple collapsed on them when they had gone to take a dip in river Ganga. Six others are feared trapped, locals said. The identity of the deceased is yet to be identified as rescue operations are underway to clear the debris.
According to other reports reaching here, in Kaimur, two persons were killed when a mudhouse caved in on them due to heavy rain on Friday.
Officials are gathering details besides these reported casualties.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places, with extremely heavy spells at isolated sites, is very likely to occur in Bihar during next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted on Saurday evening, ANI reported.
Normal life is thrown out of gear in Patna and other districts since Saturday following overnight incessant heavy rainfall.
State principal secretary (disaster management department) Pratyay Amrit said here that residents of the state capital should not step out of their houses unless it was very necessary.
Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi ordered the suspension of academic activities at all government and private schools till September 30 in view of heavy downpour, UNI reported.
Residents of the state capital are being forced to trudge through waist-deep water in low lying localities of the state capital.
Office goers too faced serious difficulties due to waterlogging in various parts of the state capital.
Rainwater has also entered the residence of deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Rajendra Nagar locality of the state capital.
School authorities have been directed to inform guardians about the suspension of academic activities through SMS.
Rainwater entered Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna City locality.
The administration has issued round the clock control rooms having numbers- 0612-19810, 2294204 and 2294205