Bihar’s capital Patna seems to be afflicted with unending woes. First the heavy rainfall, then flooding, followed by the dengue outbreak but the worst is the government’s denial that there is an epidemic in the state even as several BJP legislators and health officials have tested positive for the disease.
The cause of the outbreak
The incessant rainfall had affected nearly 20 lakh people across 90 blocks and 15 districts and 73 people lost their lives. Patna was the worst affected among the districts with more than 2 lakh people left stranded. With large areas still underwater it became the perfect breeding ground for vector- borne diseases—the city is besieged by an outbreak of diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya.