Incessant rainfall in Bihar has badly hit normal life, with almost all areas of capital city Patna under knee-deep waters and people struggling to meet their daily needs. Several major airlines including GoAir, SpiceJet and IndiGo have issued travel advisories to passengers asking them to check their flight status before heading for the airport.
Due to water-logging in Patna, there could be heavy traffic. Passengers are advised to keep extra time in hand, IndiGo said.
Due to bad weather at Patna, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected, SpiceJet tweeted. GoAir too expects that arrival and departure could be affected at Patna's Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport.
The rain has also affected the movement of trains as well as road traffic. Twelve long route trains and several passenger trains have been cancelled. There were reports of damage to the National Highways at several places in north Bihar districts.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assured all possible assistance for relief measures. Speaking to media in Patna, he said, "There has been heavy rainfall in some areas since yesterday and water in Ganga river is rising constantly. But there are proper arrangements and administration is at the spot and making all the efforts to help people."
According to the India Meteorological Department, Patna will receive more rainfall for the next three days accompanied by thunderstorms. The temperature in the area will oscillate between 23 degree Celsius and 28 degree Celsius. "Torrential rains continue over many parts of Bihar and more than half the state of Bihar is submerged. The city of Patna, in particular, is submerged in 6 to 8 feet of water," SkyMet tweeted.
The water level in major rivers including Ganga, Koshi, Gandak, Bagmati, Mahananda, are on the rise, threatening to breach embankments at many places.