Rains claim two more lives in UP

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Lucknow, Jul 3: Rain related incidents have claimed the life of a boy in Gonda, while a girl was burried alive when a building collapsed in Deoaria district.

Even as the turbulent river Sharda came down below the danger level today, the heavy downpour received in several regions of Uttar Pradesh since the last eight days has hit the carpet export badly and caused losses to the tune of Rs 500 crore.

The rainfall has proved bad luck for the Indian exporters in Bhadoi, who are failing to meet the time bond contracts for carpet received during the Carpet Expo-2008.

As sunlight is essential in carpet making, the producers are facing cancellation of orders, following delay in their manufacture in the ongoing monsoon season.

On the other hand, the overflowing river Sharda has come down by one cm in Paliyakala of Lakhimpur Kheri district.

According to Central Water Commission (CWC), the incessant rainfall has increased the volume of many rivers and they were flowing near, but below the danger mark.

The turbulent Ghagra was recorded flowing 64 cm below the danger mark in Elginbridge and Gahgra (Saryu) in Ayodhya was 55 cm below the said mark.

Meanwhile, reports received from Gonda said the governmnet has given Rs one crore to the district administration for rescue and relief work in the affected Tarabganj and Colonelganj tehsils.

Besides, repairing of the breached dams was still underway.

In Gorakhpur, three villages in Sehjanva area were severely affected by rains and the administration has pressed three boats into service for rescue work. After inspection of the damaged Maleni dam, District Magistrate Ranjeet Singh Pankaj ordered early repairing of the breached dams. The heavy rains continued to affect the vehicular movement on Varanasi-Gorakhpur National Highway-29 and destroyed thousands acres of farmland.

Altogether, 10 dams in Poorvanchal were facing threat from swelling Rapti, Gandhak, Budhi and Rapti rivers.

Several long and short route trains were also running late posing problem to the daily commuters.

According to the Met department, Sultanpur witnessed 10 cm rainfall, followed by Ballia 9 cm, Mirzapur 4 cm, while Bansi, Ayodhya and Etawah recorded 2 cm each rainfall.

Meanwhile, most places in the state will experience normal to heavy rainfall during the next 24 hrs, the Met department added.

The weatherman also predicted heavy rainfall for few places in Poorvanchal in the next 48 hrs.

UNI

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