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HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Army out in Allahabad, PAC in other areas

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow/ Varanasi/Allahbad, August 28, 2013
First Published: 10:40 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:45 IST(28/8/2013)

The army has been called out in Allahabad where breach in a ring bandh had submerged several parts of the city.

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Also, the increasing water levels of various rivers continued to play havoc in many other parts of the state.

While nearly 15 districts have been facing floods, the situation is particularly serious in Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Ballia and Ghazipur.

The sudden rise in water levels of the Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra and the Sharda has forced the government to call out the army in Allahabad while the PAC has been pressed into service in other districts.

The issue was even raised in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, where Rashtriya Lok Dal MP from Mathura Jayant Chaudhury demanded relief work on warfooting in the affected districts.

Flood had badly affected nearly 2.5 lakh people in 166 villages in these districts, relief commissioner L Venkateshwar Lu said on Tuesday adding, massive relief work had been launched in all the districts. The Betwa, Ken and the Yamuna had flooded several villages in drought prone Bundelkhand, including Banda, Hamirpur, Jaluan and Jhansi districts.

Other flood-affected districts are Ghazipur, Varanasi, Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Barabanki, Ballia, Gonda, Bahraich, Basti, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Faizabad.

ADM (Finance) Allahabad SK Sharma said, “the 20-feet high ring bandh needs to be completely filled to avert any mishap so armymen will be required to work for the next four days. The administration is also seeking help from locals.”

The Ganga and the Yamuna were still flowing two metres above the danger mark in Allahabad.

In Varanasi, the Ganga was flowing much above the danger mark of 71.262 metres on Tuesday morning.

Since the beginning of the monsoon, the water level of the river has witnessed a substantial rise of 14 metres here.

In Mirzapur, the Ganga was flowing at 79.050 metre mark, over two metre above the danger mark.

The Varanasi-Allahabad highway in Mirzapur stands flooded, thereby completely disrupting traffic in the area.


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