UP witnesses heavy rains, flood situation grim

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Lucknow, Jul 17 (UNI) Even as deluge havoc continued to hit life in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, the re-lashing of abundant rainfall claimed the lives of 15 people in overnight rain-triggered incidents across the state.

The release of over 1.8 lakh cusecs water by the neighbouring country Nepal and pouring of rainfall in catchment areas of rivers have jointly worsened the flood situation in several villages, especially those situated at the banks of the rivers.

Ghagra and Sharda rivers, which are the most in fury now-a-days, have affected a large popultion of villages in 13 districts, comprising Basti, Gonda and Behraich.

As per reports, 19 houses were sub-merged in Pakharpur area in Behraich, whereas, river Sharda has hit the movement of trains on Bareilly-Lakhimpur rail division under Northern Eastern railway.

In Gonda, as many as 400 villages under Tarabganj and Karnalganj tehsil were seen as most affected. The district administration has swing into action and deployed PAC for the relief and rescue work.

Besides, several boats have been pressed into service to take people to the safer places.

Meanwhile, reparing of the breached dams, including Elginbridge continued. Overall, 12 dams were facing danger from Ghagra, Rapti, Gandhak, Rohini and Budhi Rapti rivers.

The incessant rainfall claimed the lives of 15 people in the last 24 hrs. The fresh casualty were reported from Barabanki three, two each in Kanpur, Siddharthnagar, Unnao, Behraich, and Mainpuri districts, while one each died in Bareilly and Ferozabad.

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