Rain-related deaths scale 35 in UP, 4 killed in Bihar

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Lucknow/Patna, Jun 21 (UNI) At least four people lost their lives in rain-triggered incidents in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll to 35 this season even as incessant rains hitting parts of the state abated today while four students were killed when a portion of wall collaped in a town in Bihar.

The fresh deaths were reported from Deoria, Bareilly and Maharajganj districts of UP.

Reports said Varanasi's weavers dominated Patiya colony was the worst affected, where within three days about 30 people were admitted in hospital following diarrhoea.

Cases of killer Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have also been reported from Gorakhpur, Deoria, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Sant Kabirnagar, Balrampur, Mau, Azamgarh, Ambedkarnagar, Ghazipur. A few cases have also been reported from Bihar and neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.

Till now, 246 JE victims were admitted to the famous Baba Raghavdas Medical College in Gorakhpur, of whom 61 succumbed.

The rising water level of rivers due to the heavy downpour was turning into alarming proportions in several districts in the state.

In Sant Kabirnagar district, the Rampur-Makdoompur continued to face threat from the swelling Ghaghra river, the Central Water Commission (CWC) said.

Several big and small rivers, including Ramganga, Yamuna, Gomti, Sai, Saryu, Sharda, Kwano, Rapti and Gandhak were in spate. However, till now, they were flowing below the danger level.

According to reports, at least four students, including two girls, were killed and eight others injured, some of them seriously, when a portion of a wall suddenly caved-in at Ghausnagar area of Biharsharif.

Undying rainfall during the past few days had weakened the wall which was believed to be the reason for its sudden collapse.

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