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Rain-related deaths mount to 31 in UP

The Met department is predicting heavy rains in the next 24 hours as water levels of many rivers is rising.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2007 20:34 IST

With six more people dying in house collapses since Sunday, the toll in rain-related deaths across Uttar Pradesh mounted to 31 as the threat of flood loomed large with the water level of several rivers rising.

While two people each were killed in Maharajganj and Siddharthnagar when the wall of their house collapsed, one person each drowned in Balrampur and Jaunpur districts, official sources here said today.

Rains continued to lash several parts of the state saince yesterday with Balrampur receiving maximum of 18mm rainfall and Bahraich 15mm, weather office sources said.

Meanwhile, the water level of major rivers Ganga, Ghaghra and Gomti were rising along their courses threatening floods in their catchment areas, reports said.

Over two lakh population in hundreds of villages in Baharaich, Balrampur and B arabanki districts were affected by the floods, the sources said.

The water level of the Ganges was rising at Fatehgarh, Kanpur, Dalmau and Ballia while Ghaghra was maintaining a rising trend at Elgin Bridge, Turtipar and Ayodhya.

The water level of Gomti was also rising at Lucknow, Sultanpur and Jaunpur.

According to met office, heavy rains were expected at several places in Gorkahpur, Kanpur and Bareilly divisions in the next 24 hours.

The government has directed all district magistrates to make necessary arrangements to resuce and rehabilitate those trapped in flood.

First Published: Jul 30, 2007 19:33 IST