Rivers in spate in state, water reaches 14 districts

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Lucknow, June 25: Fourteen districts in Uttar Pradesh are under flood threat with swelling of several rivers due to the incessant rainfall that was lashing the state since a fort night.

Ghaghra, rapti, Gura, Gandhak and Budhi Rapti were in spate in about seven districts of Gorakhpur and Basti division, where water has entered in over 100 villages.

According to official reports, river water has reached nearly 200 small and large rural segments in Colonelganj and Tarabganj of Gonda district, besides breaching various dams at Bhikripur, Elignbridge and Sakrora in the district, however, they were being speedily repaired by the administration.

The increasing volume of holy Ganga and Yamuna rivers submerged stairs of various ghats in Varanasi. Besides, various ''chowkis'' at the pious Sangam in Allahabad were reportedly washed away.

The copious rainfall also continued to play havoc in Lakhimpur Kheri, where it had destroyed several hectares of agricultural land and affected several villages in Paliyakala and Nighasan tehsil, forcing the villagers to migrate at safer places.

Meanwhile, Water Commission reports have confirmed that several rivers, including Ganga, Yammuna, Sharda, Ghaghra, Rapti, Gomti, Ramganga and Ganghak, were swelling at high pace, however, so far they were flowing below the danger mark.

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