Deepanshu Gupta’s hopes of getting married in November have been washed away by the flood that has hit 100,000 people in one-third of Moradabad town in western Uttar Pradesh.
Moradabad is one of the seven districts in western UP to have been hit by the floods.
The surging waters of the Kosi and Ramganga have forced people here to seek refuge at the houses of relatives and friends or in one of the 15 relief camps for flood victims in town.
“The flood water was more than four feet high in our house. Ornaments, sarees and many other things purchased for the wedding have been damaged,” said Deepanshu’s father Anil Gupta, a lawyer. “We will have to fix a new date once this nightmare is over,” he said.
The Guptas had moved to the comfort of a relative’s house after the floodwaters entered their home three days ago.
But for many others who had no option but to be taken to a relief camp life has been difficult. At a government college that has been turned into a relief camp, HT found people sleeping on the floor, making do with some basic food provided mostly by people living around the college and no medical facilities or doctor at hand.
Local policemen and administration officials are doubling up as relief and rescue workers in the absence of trained personnel.
People at the relief camp complained about the officials’ lackadaisical attitude to their plight. “If the officials had alerted us in time, the impact of the disaster would have been much less,” said housewife Pushwant Kaur. Her neighbour, railway contractor Abhinav Tandon, agreed. “I have nothing left. All my gadgets, furniture, car, everything has been spoilt,” he said as he lashed out at the administration for its apathy.