53 dead in 24 hrs in UP as Met predicts more rains; toll 148 in six days
Two deaths each were reported from Farrukhabad and Bahraich districts. One died in Lucknow, Sitapur, Kanpur Dehat, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Rae Bareli districts.Updated: Aug 01, 2018 19:10 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
As many as 53 people died in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the unprecedented showers to 148 in 50 districts of the state in the last six days, officials said.
The highest number of deaths was reported from Saharanpur at 11, followed by Meerut nine, Agra and Kanpur Dehat eight, Sonbhadra seven, and Muzaffarnagar and Lalitpur five each.
The number of those injured went up to 122 while the number of house or hutments destroyed was 1,185.
The most number of houses damaged was reported from Hathras at 346, followed by Kanpur Dehat 262, Meerut 154, Saharanpur 103 and Muzaffarnagar 81.
An irrigation department officer said 177 cattle died in heavy rains.
Relief commissioner, Sanjay Kumar said district magistrates have been directed to distribute financial aid and provide medical care to the victims as ordered by the state government.
The DMs have been also told to be on alert as Meteorological department has predicted heavy rain in the districts of central, east, west UP as well as the Bundelkhand region on Wednesday and Thursday.
An irrigation department officer said Ghaghra river was flowing above danger Mark at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki district and at Ayodhya in Faizabad district, Yamuna crossed the danger level at Mawi in Muzaffarnagar district, Sharda crossed the danger mark at Paliyakala in Lakhimpur Kheri and Ganga flowed near danger level at Narora in Bulandshahar district.
The situation in the rural areas of Karnailganj tehsil in Gonna district turned grim after spate in Ghaghra river damaged 100 metres of the temporary embankment constructed to protect the old Elgin-Charsadi embankment.
Irrigation department engineers said the repair work was on. The villagers settled near the embankment have been told to shift to safe place.
First Published: Aug 01, 2018 13:51 IST