In the wake of heavy rainfall in Bihar, flight operations from Patna's Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport are affected for the second day today. Airlines are issuing fee waiver on cancellation and rescheduling of flights. Budget carrier GoAir has issued a full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all flights to and from Patna.
"Due to the bad weather conditions and the unfavourable situation in Patna, we are providing a full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all flights to/from Patna up to 3rd October 2019." GoAir tweeted.
Another airline IndiGo is also offering cancellation fee waiver to passengers travelling to and from Patna till 2nd October.
"Due to Patna flood, we're offering rescheduling/cancellation fee waiver (fare difference, if any is applicable) to passengers travelling to/fro Patna till October 02 nd, 2019. Stay safe and keep a tab on your flight status," IndiGo tweeted.
On Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 19 teams in 14 districts of Bihar and has evacuated more than 4,000 people including women, patients, children and elderly and shifted them to safer places, according to a report in ANI.
Many districts of Bihar is witnessing a flood-like situation. In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee deep waters. The weather department has forecast a long and delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Bihar, including capital Patna where several areas still remain submerged, and food and relief material are being air dropped.
As India recorded its highest rainfall this monsoon since 1994, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has classified it 'above normal' as the season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country.