CM had gone on a survey in the drought-hit region

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Staff Reporter

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s helicopter was diverted to Gaya on Friday after it faced bad weather conditions near Patna. The chief minister had gone on a survey in the drought-hit region.

An airport official said, “The CM’s chopper encountered en-route cloud on return, as it was raining in Patna. We diverted it to Gaya. It will return once the weather clears up.”

The CM had gone on an aerial survey of the state’s drought-affected districts, including Gaya and Aurangabad, on Friday morning.

Several parts of Bihar have been staring at a drought-like situation due to scanty rainfall. Earlier this month, BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav had raised in the Lok Sabha the drought-like condition prevailing in Bihar and urged the Centre to send a team to assess the effect of irregular rain on farmers.

Last week, chief minister Nitish Kumar said the government was keeping an eye on monsoon and would start taking steps in view of emerging drought situation, if rains continued to elude Bihar.