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Nine die in UP floods, lakhs affected; Army called for relief

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Aug 30 (UNI) Flood fury has so far claimed six lives in Bahraich district and three in Shrawasti as many districts of UP, contiguous to Nepal have been affected after excess water was diverted from reserviors of the Himalayan Kingdom.

Over 15 lakh people have been affected by floods, which have hit parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The office of the Relief Commissioner said here Army had deployed motor-boats in Barabanki district to help those marooned.

Till yesterday, at least 40,000 people were reported to be marooned in Barabanki after excess water was released from Ghagra.

Sources claimed although the dam built on the river was not breached, excess water -- released to ease pressure on the structure -- resulted in inundation of over 25 villages. Most affected villages are in Sirauli Gauspur tehsil.

The water was diverted after Nepal released excess water into the river. Sources said there were no reports of loss of life even as water submerged a 15-km area.

A day after, Bahraich and Balrampur district of East UP, bordering Nepal also faced the wrath of floods.

Since yesterday, there was a sudden spate in the Ghagra and Rapti rivers due to incessant rain and heavy discharge from Nepal.

The Relief Commissioner's office said while 47,000 people were affected in Balrampur, 11,000 were affected in Barabanki. The floods have affected 25,000 people in Bahraich, while the number in Gonda stood at 76,000. In Bahraich, while a total of 36 villages were facing the flood fury, 12 of them were submerged in deep waters.

Bahraich and Shrawasti districts faced the flood fury the most.

At least three people and dozens of cattlehead drowned in Shrawasti, while standing crops worth several crores of rupees were damaged in Bahraich. Six people were killed in separate incidents there.

Meanwhile, in Balrampur, more than 50 villages were submerged by flood. Rapti was also rising menacingly.

The situation was grave in Kauwapur, Mahrajganj, Laukahwa, under Tulsipur tehsil, where the Pahari Nala was on spate.

In Bahraich and Shrawasti, hundreds of villages were inundated and about a lakh marooned.

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