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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Varanasi and Allahabad get that sinking feeling

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 27, 2013
First Published: 10:47 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:51 IST(27/8/2013)

Incessant rain in various parts of Uttar Pradesh and sudden increase in the water level of major rivers resulted in floods in 15 districts on Monday.

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The flood water also inundated some new areas of Varanasi and Allahabad, throwing life out of gear in these major UP cities.

Relief commissioner L Venkateshwar Lu said situation in fact worsened in the Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Ballia districts, forcing the state government to rush the flood company of the PAC to carry out relief and rescue works in the four districts.

In Allahabad, the army has been put on alert after the Ganga breached the Bakshi embankment, inundating large areas of the city.

The localities near the bank of the river were flooded, forcing people to move to safer place.

Allahabad district administration officers said over 2 lakh people had been affected and about 6000 people shifted to relief camps.

On Monday, 175 villages located in seven tehsils of the district also got flooded.

In Varanasi too, the Ganga water has now entered the main roads and boats are being plied in many areas.

In the Assi area, streets were flooded and most of the commercial establishments shut down.

Similar is the scene at the Dashashwamedh Ghat where the Ganga water has covered all the stairs of the historic ghat frequented by thousands of tourists daily.

Meanwhile, one person was swept away in the swift currents of the Rapti in Balrampur district, raising the death toll to 236 since the start of monsoon in the state.

Large tract of agriculture land have been submerged and the district magistrates had been told to send a report of loss suffered by the farmers for the distribution of the compensation, Lu said.

Flood water also ravaged the drought prone Bundelkhand region, where the Betwa, Ken and the Yamuna in spate have flooded several villages in Banda, Hamirpur, Jaluan and Jhansi districts.

The Ganga was flowing above danger mark in Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and, Ballia. The Yamuna was flowing above Auraiya, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Banda and Allahabad. Betwa was flowing above danger level in Hamirpur and the Sharda was flowing above danger level in Paliyakala.

The water level of Ram Ganga was increasing in Moradabad and Shahjhanpur districts.

The Sharda was increasing in Lakhimpur Kheri district, Rapti in Balrampur, Budhi Rapti in Siddharthanagar and Rohin was increasing in Maharajganj district.


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