Water released from MP, Uttarakhand and Nepal worsens UP flood situation

  • PTI, Lucknow
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2016 20:20 IST
An aerial view of a flooded area in Allahabad. (Sheeraz Rizvi/HT Photo)

The flood situation worsened in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after the release of water from Nepal and adjoining states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which led to further rise in water levels of major rivers.

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the Ganga is flowing above the danger marks at Fafamau and Chhatnag (both in Allahabad) besides in Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia.

In Ballia, the Ganga’s water level has risen to a dangerous level of 60.31 metres, which is about three metres above the red mark, it said.

Similarly, River Yamuna is flowing above the red marks at Kalpi, Chillaghat (Banda), Hamirpur and Naini (Allahabad) while River Betwa is flowing above the danger mark at Hamirpur, and Sharda river at Palliakalan (Kheri).

Read: Schools in Allahabad, Varanasi closed as flood situation worsens

Flood waters spread to new areas in the state after the water was released, officials said.

According to the MET office, the southwest monsoon has been active over eastern Uttar Pradesh and light to moderate rain or thundershower occurred at isolated places over the western parts.

Chief amount of rainfall was recorded at Dudhi (10 cm), Chunar (9 cm) Mirzapur, Baberu, Mirzapur (6 cm each), Meja, Allahabad, Churk, Rasra (5 cm each), Phoolpur (4 cm) and Robertsgan, Karvi, Dalmau, Sultanpur (3 cm each).

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has directed the divisional commissioners and district magistrates concerned to help flood victims on war footing.

Officers have been asked not to sanction leaves of employees involved in relief works unless it’s urgent.

Chief secretary, Deepak Singhal said flood relief amount of Rs 23.84 crore have been sanctioned by the government till now.

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