Lucknow : Flood situation in Uttar Pradesh continues to be grim with several rivers are on spate due to release of water from the dams mostly in Nepal. More than 300 villages of Basti, Gonda, Sidharthnagar, Barabanki and Balrampur have been affected with population of around 4 lakhs being affected due to the inundating of these villages. Though there was no such human loss as the people were shifted to safer places but the flood waters have destroyed agricutlural fields and houses in several areas. Official sources here today said that state irrigation minister Shivpal Singh Yadav has instructed the concerned district authorities to provide all relief and rescue work in the flood affected areas. Mr Yadav too visited some flood affected areas in Basti and Gonda districts on Wednesday last. According to Central Water Commission report here today, Sharda river was flowing above the danger level by one meter at Paliyakalan in Lakhimpur district and at Shardanagar it was near the red level.
Ghagra river was flowing above danger level at Elginbridge in Barabanki (60cm), at Ayodhya by 26 cm, at Basti by 24cm and at Turtipar (Ballia) by 7 cm. River Rapti was flowing above the danger level by 50 cm in Balrampur, at Ringauli in Gorakhpur by 28 cm. Burhi Rapti was above the red level by 48 cm at Kakrahi( Sidharthnagar) , at Uskabazar by 23 cm and at Trnomoni ghat( Maharajganj) by one meter. The commission said that Rapti and Burhi Rapti rivers are rising all through its course due to release of water from Nepal. It further says that river Ganga was also near danger level at Fatehgarh,Kannauj, Kanpur dehat and Kanpur. On the other hand rainfall witnessed in the districts during the past 24 hrs are Lakhimpur Kheri- 98.2 mm, Ayodhya -28 mm, Gorakhpur- 49.4 mm, Sidharthnagar-39.8 and Maharajganj- 25.8. Meanwhile, weather office here has issued warning of heavy rains in isolated places of eastern and western parts of UP during the next 48 hours.