Boats deployed to rescue marooned people in Patna

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Patna, Jul 17 (UNI) A number of boats have been pressed into service to rescue hundreds of marooned people in several localities of Patna as the rain stopped today after nearly three days of deluge.

Though life started limping back to normal in most parts of the city, as many as six country-made boats were deployed to rescue the marooned people in the worst-affected Kankarbagh and Rajendranagar areas since this morning.

Boats were pressed into service after more than 50 pumps of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) failed to drain out the accumulated water despite running almost round the clock for the past 72 hours.

The situation in these areas, along with the posh localities, including Pataliputra Colony and Sri Krishnagar areas, continued to remain grim as most of the ground floor buildings in these areas were flooded with filthy rain water, forcing large number people to abandon their houses seeking shelter somewhere else.

Efforts have also been made by the state administration, various political parties and local NGOs to distribute food among the affected people.

Describing the situation in several localisites in the city as grim, state Urban Development Minister Bhola Singh, after visitng the Kankarbagh and Rajendranasgar areas, did not rule out the possiblity of seeking the help of the Army in rescue operations and draining out of huge accumulated water.

However, despite all out efforts by the administration and the PMC, most of the affected areas continued to remain under knee-deep water today as the city's drainage system remained more or less non-functional and was overflowing.

As a result of the waterlogging, all government and private schools in the city had been closed for the past three days and would remain closed till tomorrow.

However, as the rain stopped today, attendance in all offices and educational institutions improved.

Shops and business establishments in the city also reopened after three days of heavy rain and the number of vehicles on the roads also increased considerably.

According to the local Met office, the city recorded nearly 35 mm of rainfall during the past 12 hours and there was possibility of further heavy to very heavy showers during the next 48 hours as the sky remained overcast.

The city received more than 140 mm of rainfall since July 14 which was not only unprecedented but also a record in last four decades.

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