Flood situation worsens as rain lashes UP

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Lucknow, Aug 17: The flood situation has once again worsened with the re-swelling of rivers after heavy rains hit Uttar Pradesh.

As per the reports, 12 people have died in rain related incidents overnight. A mother and her two children drowned in Juanpur district, while two people died after drowning in Gonda.

In Basti, one person died of drowning, while another man was electrocuted.

Two people were burried alive in a wall collapse incident in Hardoi, while three others were burried under the debris of a wall in Kanpur due to heavy rainfall.

According to the Central Water Commission reports, Ghagra was flowing 84 cm above the danger level in Ballia, while river Sharda was 39 cm and 17 cm respectively above the red mark in Paliyakala and Shardanagar (both in Lakhimpur Kheri).

Ghagra was overflowing by 31 cm in Elginbridge (Barabanki), while the river was recorded flowing 18 cm above the mark in Turtipar (Ballia).

Saryu was overflowing by 35 cm in holy city Ayodhya.

In Basti, over 35,000 people were affected and all in all 120 villages under the jaws of the flood. Besides, the deluge water has adversely affected several hectares of farmland.

Meanwhile, the district administration continued with its rescue and relief operations. Four flood chowkis and five boats were made available for helping people round the clock.

While, reports from Gonda said 75 villages were running affected by flood, where water posed pressure on dams.

Tarabganj and Colonelganj tehsils of Gonda were swamped under the deluge water. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) sleuths and boats were deployed under the rescue work.

The flood water has also reportedly engulfed several villages in Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Siddharthnagar, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur and Deoaria districts.

In the last 24 hours, Agra and Moradabad recorded the maximum five cm rainfall, followed by Etawah, Kanpur, Hameerpur, Ayodhya and Kakrahi (Siddharthnagar) four cm.

Dalmau (Rae Bareli), Chandradeepghat (Gonda), Chhatnag and Basti recorded three cm rainfall, while Ankinghat, Varanasi and Bareilly observed two cm rainfall each.

Meanwhile, the weather office forecast moderate to rather heavy rainfall in many places of the state in the next 24 hours and warned of heavy rainfall at isolated palces in the next 48 hours.


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