Torrential rains submerge stairs of various ghats in UP

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Lucknow, June 24 (UNI) The swelling rivers that have thrown normal life out of gear in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh, have now submerged the stairs of holy ghats in temple town Varanasi.

The increasing volume of holy Ganga and Yamuna rivers sub-merged stairs of various ghats in Varanasi.

Besides, various ''chowkis'' at the pious Sangam in Allahabad have been reportedly washed away.

According to reports from Gonda, Tarabganj and Colonelganj tehsils were severely hit by the rise in river Ghagra, while breaches of various dams at Bhikripur, Elignbridge and Sakrora in the district were being speedily repaired by the administration.

The copious rainfall also continued to play havoc in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions of eastern UP, where rivers Ghagra, Rapti, Gandhak, Budhi Rapti are swelling at fast pace.

In Basti, water entered as many as 100 villages.

In Lakhimpur Kheri, rains have destroyed several hectares of agricultural land and affected several villages in Paliyakala and Nighasan tehsil, forcing the villagers to migrate to safer places.

Meanwhile, reports from Azamgarh, Ambedkarnagar, Gonda, Faizabad and Mau have also confirmed that river water has entered many villages of the districts.

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