Red alert in flood-hit Gorakhpur

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Gorakhpur, Sept 23 : Authorities in flood-hit Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh sounded red alert after Nepal released water from the Ghagra River and advised evacuation from vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure on Monday.

The rivers Sharda, the Saryu and the Ghaghra rivers are flowing above the danger mark at several places.

According to reports, many houses have collapsed. At least 46 people were killed in the 23 affected districts.

Rescue workers have been deployed equipped with motorboats.

"We have the motor boats, lifebuoy jackets, life saving equipment and other rescue material in place. We are well equipped to deal with any situation," said P.C Badri Alam, a rescue worker.

State authorities have cautioned the residents about possible floods and are making all arrangements to avoid any large-scale devastation.

"The level of water has started rising now as Nepal has released the water. The river is trying to breach its banks now. The authorities and the district magistrate have asked the people living along the riverbank to evacuate as soon as possible. As of now the water hasn't started entering the houses in the villages so, the villagers are living in their houses only," said Manoj Tripati, a villager.

Monsoon season has spelt trouble for the people of Gorakhpur.

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