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Allahabad floods: thousands abandon home

india Updated: Aug 02, 2013 19:29 IST

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With both the Ganga and the Yamuna in spate, thousands of people residing in the low-lying areas of the city have been forced to abandon their homes and seek shelter in safer places.

The mighty rivers, which converge at the holy Sangam here, have been rising menacingly for the past few days and have crossed their respective danger mark on Thursday, officials said on Friday.

While water level in the Ganga stood at 85 metres, that in the Yamuna was recorded at 84.8 metres. The danger mark is 84.73 metres for both the rivers, which have been rising at an average rate of 3-5 centimetres per hour.

According to additional district magistrate SK Sharma, there has been no loss of life on account of the floods though heavy damage to crops is likely as about 10,000 hectares of cultivated land have got submerged.

Residents of low-lying localities are either moving to other areas or shifting to upper storeys of their buildings.

The floods have also caused disappointment to pilgrims, as the holy Sangam has become inaccessible and even the famous Hanuman temple situated nearby is waist-deep in water.