As Bihar struggles to escape the clutches of floods, it is hit by another problem: Dengue. This year, the state recorded 1,184 cases till October 9, 2019. Of these, Patna, which is the worst hit, registered 823 cases and 140 of them in just the last 48 hours, according to the state health department.
The department has launched intensive campaigns to check the spread of the deadly virus after flooding left many parts of the state with stagnant water.
Most cases were from areas that witnessed heavy water logging in Patna, said doctors treating dengue patients.
The department jumped into action after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered the authorities to take preventive measures to check the spread of dengue.
More than 12 localities in Patna, the worst being Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh and Patliputra, are still under waist-deep to neck-deep water for about 10 days after incessant rainfall lashed the state capital in the last week of September.
Many areas in Patna are water logged even a fortnight after the rains lashed the state. These areas could be serving as ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.