Flood situation in UP turns grim: Over 200 villages inundated, 2 lakh population affected

Lucknow : Flood situation in Uttar Pradesh is turning grim with most of the rivers flowing through the state rising due to heavy rains in the catchment areas. The state government has issued high alert in several districts of Eastern UP with more than 21 people lost their lives due to water cloging incidents in the state. More than 200 villages in Gonda, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri and Shravasti were inundated due to the rising Ghagra, Sharda and Rapti rivers. Over 2 lakh people have also been affected in the floods so far. Army has been put on standby while the special flood company of PAC have been deployed in the flood affected districts, officials said.

River Ganga is also rising and it is near danger level in Fatehgarh and Ballia while Yamuna river is near the red mark in Mavi. The flood posts has been established to help the affected people and they have started working in various districts including Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Khiri, Basti and Bahraich. The bulging Ganga has entered into Rasulpur village of Amroha whereas the district administration has sounded flood alert for twelve more villages. In Kushinagar, river Budhi Gandak is in spate due to water released from Balmikinagar barrage and continuous rain in upper reaches of Nepal. Though still below danger level, river Ganga is rising in Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi inundating low lying areas.

Threat of floods looms large over Bulandshahr, Ballia, Muzaffaranagar and Ayodhya with water levels rising in Ganga, Yamuna and Ghagra rivers. As per reports from Flood Control unit of the irrigation and water resource department, Sharda river is flowing 1.3 meter above the danger mark in Paliyakalan in Lakhimpur-Kheri district while Ghagra is 65 cm above danger level at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki and by 4 cm in Ayodhya. The river will cross the danger level in Ballia by tomorrow evening. River Rapti is also rising all through its course and would touch the danger mark at Bhinga( Shravasti) and at Balrampur by tomorrow evening. Almost nine villages are submerged in flood waters in Barabanki district including Parsaul, Naipura, Manjha Raipur and Kanchanpur.

District authorities feared a sharp increase in water level by tomorrow. "Around 3 lakh cusec of water has been released from Sharda Barage in Lakhimpur which is expected to reach Barabanki by tomorrow," said sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Ram Nagar (Barabanki) Ashutosh Dubey. He added preparations are underway to evacuate residents of the villages on the banks of Ghagra in the district. State Met department predicts rainfall activity will remain low till Today and tomorrow but will pick up again then. Heavy rain warning has been issued for Friday. The fresh spell of rains has also improved state's rainfall score. Total rainfall in the state from June 1 till date has been 22 per cent above normal. In comparison, till July 9, it was 12 per cent above normal. According to MeT department, Bahriach recorded 105.4 mm of rainfalls during the past 24 hours followed by 100.4 mm in Gorakhpur,,81.4 in Shravasti, 42.4 in Balrampur, 40 in Sidharthnagar, 37 mm in Kheri, 33.8 in Rae Bareli and 30.6 mm in Varanasi.

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