Three days of heavy rain have flooded homes and hospitals in the capital of Bihar, Patna.
The city was brought to a standstill over the weekend after many areas submerged in chest-deep water.
Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in Patna, where schools will remain shut.
In the midst of this, a woman’s photo shoot on flooded Patna roads has divided opinions on social media.
Photographs of Aditi Singh, a student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), posing on the waterlogged streets of Patna have gone viral online. The photos were shared on Instagram and Facebook by photographer Saurabh Anuraj.
Titled ‘Mermaid in Disaster’, they show Aditi Singh in a red dress, smiling as she is photographed in the flooded streets of Patna.
Mr Anuraj, while sharing the photographs on Saturday, said that they only wanted to show the condition of the city.
“Photoshoot bas Patna ke current situation ko dikhane ke liye kiya gyaa hai isko galat way me na le (This photoshoot was done to show the current situation in Patna. Don’t take it in the wrong sense),” he wrote on Facebook.
The photoshoot has collected over 10,000 ‘likes’ on Instagram, collecting mixed responses.
While some have praised Aditi Singh and Saurabh Anuraj for trying to show the situation in Patna, others have criticised them for romanticising the floods to their own advantage.