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Schools in Allahabad, Varanasi closed as flood situation worsens

india Updated: Aug 23, 2016 10:50 IST
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Flooded villages in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. (Ashok Dutta/HT Photo)

Flood situation in many parts of Uttar Pradesh has worsened and schools were closed for the next few days in Allahabad and Balia, officials said on Tuesday.

With the raging waters of Ganga river entering the city in Allahabad, district magistrate Sanjay Kumar ordered closure of schools for the next two days.

In Allahabad, Indian Air Force choppers were being used to drop relief material, food and other commodities in the flood-hit areas.

More than 45 localities have been hit by the floods and water has entered thousands of homes in Allahabad.

All schools in Ballia have been closed till August 27, district magistrate Govind Raju said.

An embankment here started breaching late on Monday after which the army was requisitioned and people evacuated.

The breach has since been plugged, an official told IANS.

Over 16 lakh people have been affected by the floods in Poorvanchal -- eastern Uttar Pradesh, and many have been relocated, the official said.

More than 200 villages have been affected in Varanasi and 500 houses were under water due to Varuna river here.

National Disaster Response Force personnel have been involved in rescue operations in five flood-hit districts of Gonda, Ballia, Varanasi, Balrampur and Allahabad.