29 Dead, Roads Submerged As Heavy Rains Batters Bihar Patna Schools Closed Till Tuesday

NEW DELHI: 27 people were killed and several stranded after incessant rains in Bihar brought the state to a standstill, with the weather department predicting more rains in the next 24 hours. Schools in Patna are closed till Tuesday. Among the worst-affected districts is Patna, which has been brought to a standstill after many areas submerged in water that rose up to the chest. Residents in inundated areas were taken out in rescue boats. Municipal cranes normally used for moving earth were also used to rescue people. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters on Sunday: "Even the weather department seems clueless, making different predictions at different points of time." Uttar Pradesh received record rainfall - 1700 per cent above normal - on Friday. The eastern parts of the state are worst hit. On Saturday, Prayagraj received 102.2 mm of rain and Varanasi received 84.2 mm of rain, much higher than what is usually received at this time of the year. Twenty six deaths were reported from different parts of UP on Saturday.