Flood continues with rivers in spate; humidity grips UP

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Lucknow, Aug 23 (UNI) Even as people of Uttar Pradesh were battling against the humid and sultry weather conditions, flood continues to play havoc in a few districts with re-swelling of the rivers Sharda, Ghaghra and Kuano following the incessant rainfall for the last few weeks.

According to the Central Water Commission, with release of 1,45,000 cusec of water from Narora dam, the danger of flood is looming large over Kannauj, Fatehgarh and other districts situated at the bank of river Ganga.

Rivers Yamuna, Gomti, Sharda, Ghaghra, Ramganag, Kuano, Gandak and other big and small rivers, including Ganga were already increasing in volume due to copious rainfall in the last few weeks.

In Basti, Vikramjot, Bhusva and Rampur Makdumpur dams were posing danger with river Ghaghra, which was in spate and was recorded 77 cms above the danger mark.

At least 250 villages were affected, 76 submerged in the flood water and the river was still showing an upward trend in this district.

Nearly 1,840 thousand hectare of land had been marooned and 80,000 hectare of agricultural land destroyed, official sources said.

The district administration had pressed 102 boats into services for rescue and relief work, besides speeding up repair work at the dams, including Bidi dam to which Ghaghra was mounting pressure.

In Farrukhabad, about 16 villages were affected with flood and 13 boats sent for relief and rescue work.

In Gonda, at least four people died due to flood, however, no or little rainfall had occurred in the last 24 hrs.

Meanwhile, water-borne diseases had started gripping the district Incidents of snake bite were on increasing and had claimed seven lives this month.

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