UP districts under flood threat as rivers swell

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Lucknow, Jun 17 (UNI) The weather continued to be pleasant here with South-West monsoon showers but, raising of water level in several big and small rivers has posed a threat to denizens of Lakhimpur Kheri, Faizabad and Gonda districts in Uttar Pradesh.

After rains in western parts, the monsoon was vigorously active in eastern UP as Ganga, Ramganga, Yamuna, Ghagra, Gomti, Sai, Saryu, Sharda, Kwano, Rapti and Gandhak rivers have started soaring.

The rising water level has posed danger to the residents of Lakhimpur Kheri, Faizabad and Gonda, who were now fearing floods.

According to reports from Gonda, incessant rain from the last three days was raising Ghagra's water level by 25 mm per hour and affecting as many as 30 villages.

The heavy rain has not only thrown normal life out of gear because of traffic snarls and waterlogging, but also raised the death count in rain-related incidents in the state.

In the last 24 hours, as many as seven people lost their lives in Jaunpur and Mirzapur due to rains. Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Madihan and Adalhat area of Mirzapur, while a woman and a youth died after the tree fell on their motorycycle in Gaurabadshahpur and Sujanganj areas of Jaunpur.

According to the weatherman, monsoon was vigorous in east UP and active in western parts of the state.

Moderate to rather heavy rainfall occurred at most places in Allahabad, Faizabad, Agra, Jhansi, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad and Meerut divisions.

In the last 24 hours, the highest rainfall was recorded in Jhansi at 7 cm, followed by Kanpur 6 cm, Allahabad and Rae Bareli 5 cm each, Bani, Chandradeepghat and Chhatnag (Allahabad) at 4 cm each, while Fafamau and Dalmau recorded 2 cm of rainfall each.

Meanwhile, the met department forecast heavy rainfall in most places of the state in the next 48 hours.


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