Above-average rainfall, widespread floods hit India, killing more than 80 people in just 4 days.Above-average rainfall affecting the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over the past 4 days claimed lives of more than 80 people. Very heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the next two days.
Two main rivers in Uttar Pradesh are overflowing after record rainfall caused severe flooding in densely populated areas on the banks of the rivers. The state received record rainfall 1 700% above average on September 27, NDTV reports. The eastern parts of the state are worst hit. On Saturday, Prayagraj received 102.2 mm (4.0 inches) of rain and Varanasi received 84.2 mm of rain (3.3 inches), much higher than what is usually received at this time of the year.
At least 73 people have died in the state since September 26, 47 on September 26 an 27 and 26 on September 28.
'Unprecedented downpour' flooded homes, roads and hospitals across Bihar's capital Patna (population 3.4 million). At least 7 people have died in the state, of those 4 in Patna, since September 26. A red alert is in effect, indicating 'heavy to very heavy rainfall' through September 30.
Several state-run hospitals including the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, which is one of the largest in Patna, are flooded. Videos shared on social media showed patients sitting on beds in flooded hospital rooms.
To evacuate people, 32 boats have been pressed into service in flooded parts of the city, according to NDTV.
Heavy rain is also falling in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh report 6 casualties and Jammu and Kashmir 1, since September 27.
The 2019 Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is shaping up as one of the strongest on record, said Dr. Saji N Hameed, Professor at Japan's University of Aizu, one of the people who discovered IOD and among the world's leading experts on the phenomenon.
"The IOD's influence on the Indian region has a distinct regional signature. There are significant positive correlations between IOD and rainfall over central India and northwestern India This influence extends towards regions of Pakistan and Iran as well. The monsoon rainfall pattern of 2019 reflects the influence of IOD, with excess cumulative rainfall observed over western Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra and Kutch, and northern parts of the Western Ghats (Goa, Maharashtra, and northern Kerala)."
"However, the monsoonal rainfall as a whole has significant decadal variations, and many regions of India are not affected by IOD. Therefore, it is not expected that IOD will influence All India (averaged) rainfall as a whole."
"I mostly fear about the situation in East Africa, which is vulnerable even without an adverse climate event. We are talking about millions of people being displaced, emergence of Rift Valley fever and other flood-related issues as experienced during the strong IOD of 2006," Hameed said earlier this month.
Yearly changes in the Dipole Mode Index (DMI) - DMI is defined as the sea surface temperature anomaly difference between tropical western Indian Ocean and the southeastern Indian Ocean. Positive DMI values (red) point to a positive IOD year, and negative values (blue) to negative IOD years. Image credit: Dr. Saji N Hameed (http://enformtk.u-aizu.ac.jp)
I am Bihar. No one cares for me neither central govt nor state govt nor any media. I have given Aryabhatta, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Veer Kunwar Singh etc to India. But I got nothing in return. As always I am still a poor state. As always, I still ask who cares for me.#patnafloods pic.twitter.com/bXu85AcQQB— Krishnakant Raj ???????? (@krishnakant_raj) September 29, 2019
PM Modi should stop giving gyaan on #MannKiBaat & turn attention towards #PatnaFloods— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 29, 2019
Smart City Patna is under water. People are complaining about lack of drinking water & food. Most helplines aren't working & very little rescue operations
Where are @NitishKumar & @SushilModi? pic.twitter.com/pT6aGFB9HQ
This is really heart breaking ????????— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) September 29, 2019
This rickshaw puller stuck in #patnafloods but he doesnt want to leave rickshaw bcz it is the only means of earning.
Entire city is under water but PM Modi and CM @NitishKumar and Modia is silent as usual.
Shame on u Bihar govt#PatnaRains pic.twitter.com/fqcLo27nqm
Patna MP Ravi Shankar Prasad & other ministers are camping in Delhi welcoming #HowdyModi's return from America while people of Patna are suffering since four days— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 29, 2019
Just like during Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra floods, not a single tweet or message from our PM on #PatnaFloods pic.twitter.com/fIRBILiUHr
Our house in Rajendra Nagar road no 9 house no 244 is submerged.— Siddharth Agarwal (@Siddhar18158209) September 29, 2019
My grandparents are stranded on the terrace.
Despite repeated calls no rescue has been done.
Can anyone help. We are ready to pay for helicopter rescue.
Call me 9386594139#PatnaRains #patnafloods #BiharFlood pic.twitter.com/85VzsfSrUS
Be it floods or any other natural disaster, you can always count on These RSS cadets for help.— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) September 29, 2019
Strange that no MSM ever covers their selfless act.#patnafloods #getwellsoonmodia pic.twitter.com/MYVRI7UYVp
Unable to move out of the house for 1 week.The cost of every ration product has been almost doubled.Boat is running in residential places of Patna,no electricity for 3 days but still didn't get that kind of media coverage. We need serious attention of Government . #patnafloods pic.twitter.com/QZEx1o8HqL— Gautam Vats ???????? (@jhagautam333) September 29, 2019
#PatnaFlood— Raj Aryan. (@_iamrajaryan) September 29, 2019
Its Flood Here in Patna..
The Situation Everywhere is worst People living inside as well as those who doesn't have shelter are facing same pbm i.e water. #floodinpatna
The CM and Patna Municipal Corporation is yet to take any action.#patnafloods Hope 4 recovery soon pic.twitter.com/rx3AjqSQwy
#patnafloods— Anurag Anand (@AnuragA03008044) September 29, 2019
We are struck in our houses In Rajendra Nagar Rd 10'H without electricity and without any food or water to drink. We are not getting any cellular network on our mobile, fon batteries are draining and we dont no when will help arrive. pic.twitter.com/vzZsk4spMa
The situation of patna rains is worsening. It's day 4 of continuous rain with all the colonies submerged in water..A rickshaw puller found crying at Rajendra nagar.. #prayforpatna #PatnaRains #patnafloods pic.twitter.com/ecL68wu8oy— Shristi Sinha (@Shristi54995488) September 29, 2019
NRIs who were chanting "Modi, Modi" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" at #HowdyModi event should give up their US citizenship and relocate to the world class smart city of Patna.#PatnaRains #patnafloodspic.twitter.com/rHzW1cAGzc— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) September 29, 2019
#patnafloods— Dinesh Kumar Sinha (@dineshksinha) September 29, 2019
This is scene around Gandhi Maidan. Patna rarely gets this kind of rain. So neither the Administration nor the people are geared up to face such conditions. This increases hardship.
24x7 Help line no. Flashed on TV news;