Cyclone Yaas weakens, no heavy rain in Bihar
Residents can expect relief from heavy rains Sunday onwards as cyclone Yaas has further weakened into low pressure area and moved to neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh, said officials of Patna Meteorological Centre on Saturday.
Meteorologists said a few places in northwest parts of the state experienced extremely heavy rain for the second consecutive day on Saturday while light to moderate rain lashed most of places.
As per daily bulletin issued, Triveniganj received the highest rainfall (220 mm), followed by Darbhanga (180) and Muzaffarpur (120).
The capital city received 17.8 mm rainfall. Patna has received an average rainfall of 246.9 mm against the normal rainfall of 24.55 mm between May 1 and May 29.
Meteorologist at Patna MeT Centre Amit Sinha, said, “Under the influence of cyclone Yaas, mercury has plummeted by 9°C to 12°C in the state.”
“Remnant of cyclone Yaas has shifted to east Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas but Bihar will continue to receive rain but intensity is likely to significantly decline,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) claimed that stormwater was cleared within few hours of rain.
“Our team is working in multiple shifts to drain rainwater. We have cleared waterlogging from different areas of Gandhi Maidan, Exhibition Road, Patliputra and Kankarbagh.”, said Harshita, public relation officer of PMC.
In Muzaffarpur, which has seen incesant rain for the last three days, laregscale water logging exposed claims of the Muzaffarpur Municipal Morporation (MMC).
“Not only the callous attitude of officials, but also their unplanned execution of construction works of roads and sewerage has made our lives hell,” said advocate Ashok Kumar, a resident of Aghoria Bazar.
Residents had to wade through ankle-deep water in localities such as Gola Bandh road, Subhasnagar, railway station road, Jawahar Lal Raod, Motijheel, Kalyani Chauk and Islampur.
Municipal commissioner Vivek Ranjan Maitreyay they did not have enough equipment. “I have sent a proposal to the officials concerned i Patna for purchasing new equipment,” he said, while conceding that the drainage system of the town is was indeed in a shambles.
“Our focus is to fortifying the drainage system in smart city projects. Residents will see the results very soon,” he said.