Patna,(BiharTimes): Seven people have lost their lives in different incidents of house collapse due to heavy rain in Bihar in the last 48 hours.
While three people were killed in Lalganj block of Vaishali district, two persons died in Kaimur and one each in Madhepura and Khagaria districts.
All major rivers, including Ganga, Kosi and Gandak are in full spate.
Heavy rains caused water-logging in several parts of Patna slowing down the pace of immersion of idols of Durga.
Train services between Muzaffarpur and Hajipur were suspended for more than six hours on Monday as trees felt down on track at several places.
A team of the NDRF has been sent to Gaya and Ara from Patna. Four more teams have been rushed to North Bihar following threat to the embankments of rivers.
According to reports Begusarai received 218 mm of rains to be followed by Purnia (106 mm), Katihar (103 mm), Muzaffarpur (93 mm), Vaishali (85 mm) and Patna (78 mm). Several other districts also witnessed more than 70 mm of rains.
Rains and wind seriously disrupted power supply in the state. They destroyed the properties and damaged standing crops, which were about to be harvested.
Reports reaching here from different parts of state said that heavy rain continued Tuesday and the downpour was set to go on for another day.
"Normal life was badly affected in the state by the heavy rainfall under the effect of Cyclone Phailin since Sunday," Vayasji, principal secretary of disaster management department, told.
He said the state has already put district authorities on a flood alert.
"The government Monday sounded a flood alert in the state in view of heavy rainfall since late Saturday night," he said.
According to water resources development department officials, all major rivers, including the Ganga, Kosi and Gandak, are flowing above the danger mark at several places, posing serious threat to hundreds of thousands of people living in low-lying areas.
Officials in Patna said that bad weather severely hit Durga Puja celebrations and the burning of Ravana effigies in Patna was advanced from Monday to Sunday. It also delayed idols immersion in rivers.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday held a high-level meeting here to review preparation to deal with the flood threat and assess the situation.