Patna: Heavy rain in Patna on Tuesday and Wednesday once again turned many parts of the state capital into a hellish condition as a number of major roads in the city flooded with 6 to 18 inches of water forcing the administration to bring out machines to pump them out in the clogged drains.

Officials said in less than 18 hours between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, Patna recorded 95.5 mm of rainfall followed by Darbhanga (75.2 mm), Dehri (59.6 mm), Forbesganj (51.4 mm) Chhapra (44.6 mm), Supaul (39.1 mm) and Muzaffarpur (21.4 mm).

As always, situation was particularly grim in Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Kadam Kuan, Bakerganj, Park Road, Jagat Narayan Road, Congress Maidan, Lalji Tola, Dariyapur, Sabzi Bagh, Lohanipur, Sipara, Ram Krishna Nagar, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Pataliputra Colony and Gandhi Maidan where several vehicles were seen stranded.

In the Kankarbagh region, things were looking even worse as areas around Chiraiyantand Bridge, Postal Park, and Indira Nagar were all under 10 to 19 inches of water causing many vehicles to stall in the middle of roads. Rain water had also entered into many homes in Kankarbagh forcing people to find higher areas to protect their belongings.

Officials said that arrangements were being made to dispatch pumps in the affected areas and water was expected to be drained out soon though moderate to heavy rain was predicted for the next several days.

Statewide, at least 18 people were reported killed due to lightning. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the relatives of the victims.

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