Lucknow, Aug 28: Nearly one-third of districts in Uttar Pradesh are reeling under critical flood condition due to spate in several prominent rivers, putting the state government in a troublesome situation.
According to official sources, so far 725 people have died due to flood.
As many as 3,691 villages of the 21 districts were under the jaws of flood. Of them, 674 were completely surrounded by water and boats were being used for transportation.
The state capital of Lucknow, Sitapur, Sultanpur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Ballia have been put into hyper-sensitive category with other flood-hit districts, including Bahraich, Balrampur, Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Kannauj, Deoria, Maharajganj, Rampur, Santkabirnagar, Farrukhabad, Shahajahanpur, Siddharthnagar, Unnao, Gonda, Azamagarh, Basti and Faizabad.
In Lucknow, the flood water of river Gomti has engulfed the posh Vipul Khand locality in Gomti Nagar and its nearby areas. The deluge water has added to the woes of the people by entering into their houses.
Flood in the Gomti river has also hit the lives of the people in Patelpuram and Guvari colonies situated at the backside of Vipul Khand.
The river has also posed danger to several dams.
Meanwhile, the spate in Gomti river has caused reverse flow at Kukrail's nullah, which has posed danger to the Badshahnagar barrage in Lucknow. The water has also entered into Akbar Nagar colony and displaced several families. The affected were now taking shelter at higher altitudes.
Central Water Commission reports stated that River Gomti was 51 cm below the danger level in Lucknow, but towards an upward trend and would rise by 11 cm by tomorrow morning.
Taking note of the seriousness of the situation, swimmers of two platoon Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and steamers have been deployed for rescue work in affected rural and urban areas of the city.
All in all 150 boats have been pressed into service under the rescue and relief operations.
The administration has ordered closure of as many as 70 primiary and other schools under the effect of flood. People residing in Bakshi-ka-Talab, Kakori, Chinhat and Gosainganj area were moving towards safer places.
Meanwhile, reports from Lakhimpur Kheri said Sharda river has disrupted rail traffic of Bheera-Palia railway line and district administration was making efforts to resume the traffic.