Even Mum­bai, US cities get flooded: Ni­tish

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Piyush.Tripathi @times­group.com

Patna: Fac­ing flak over Patna be­ing ma­rooned after three con­sec­u­tive days of heavy rain, Bi­har CM Ni­tish Ku­mar has ques­tioned why no­body bats an eye­lid when Mum­bai is flooded or even a coun­try like the US is brought to its knees by a hur­ri­cane.

“I would like to ask what do they (the me­dia) think about heavy flood­ing in Mum­bai. I want to ask how many ar­eas of the coun­try have wit­nessed wa­ter­log­ging. Don’t peo­ple know what hap­pens in the US? This is not just about wa­ter­log­ging in a few colonies in Patna,” Ni­tish said on Tues­day, snap­ping at re­porters want­ing to know the rea­sons be­hind the most dev­as­tat­ing floods in Patna since the 1975 del­uge.

Ni­tish said me­dia should help raise aware­ness on dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion rather than crit­i­cise the ad­min­is­tra­tion. “You peo­ple have failed to even con­trib­ute to­wards rais­ing aware­ness,” he said.

He went on to ex­plain how Bi­har’s north­ern dis­tricts ex­pe­ri­enced flash floods in July, fol­lowed by a dry spell that al­most led to a drought-like sit­u­a­tion. He claimed that the state be­ing rav­aged by heavy rain last week was an­other in­stance of un­pre­dictable weather.

The IMD has pre­dicted “iso­lated” heavy rain­fall in some Bi­har dis­tricts, UP, Jhark­hand, West Ben­gal, Odisha, As­sam and Megha­laya over the next cou­ple of days. Skymet has also fore­cast “ex­tended mon­soon rains” in parts of Bi­har be­tween Thurs­day and Satur­day.

PTI

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