64 killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh over three days
Heavy rains have disrupted normal life and wreaked havoc in different parts of Uttar Pradesh.Updated: Jul 29, 2018 12:49 IST
At least 64 people died and 54 others were injured in the last 72 hours as heavy rain continued to wreak havoc in different parts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The Met department said there is going to be no let-up in weather, forecasting heavy rain and thunder showers in various parts of the state.
Districts where heavy rain has been predicted include Sonebhadra, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Maunathbhanjan, Azamgarh, Deoria and adjoining areas, according to Lucknow meterological centre.
In many places, heavy rain also led to the collapse of houses that were in dilapidated condition, adding to the toll.
As many as 385 houses and hutments were damaged due to rain which also caused loss of 28 animal lives.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a survey of all the dilapidated buildings and houses. “People living in risky buildings need to be moved to safer places on priority,” Adityanath ordered.
He has also asked the district administration to advise people to remain alert. “Police as well as administrative officials need to visit such places to make people aware of the risks and move them to safer places,” Adityanath said.
The government is also disbursing monetary help to people affected or displaced by rains. The UP government has also asked the hospitals to provide treatment free of cost to the injured, an official spokesman said.
The state government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the family of deceased and Rs 59,100 for each injured. Compensation of Rs 95,100 would be provided to the families whose house has totally damaged while Rs 5,200 will be paid on partial damage and Rs 4,100 for those losing their hutments due to heavy rain.
On Saturday alone, 25 deaths were reported from six west Uttar Pradesh districts while 21 others were severely injured, said relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar. “At least 14 people were killed and 15 others were injured in 11 different districts across the state on Friday and 25 people were killed and 17 others were injured in 15 districts on Thursday,” he added.
In Saharanpur, 11 people were killed in two incidents of house collapse, causing deaths of six and three people respectively and two other deaths in separate incidents on Saturday, said SSP Saharanpur Upendra Kumar Agarwal. He said eight others were also injured in separate incidents due to heavy rain.
In separate incidents, eight people were killed in Meerut, three were killed in Muzaffarnagar and one each was killed in Pilibhit, Baghpat, Auraiyya while 13 others were injured in as many as districts. Till Saturday, maximum deaths were reported from Saharanpur, Meerut, Agra, Mainpuri, Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj districts.
Meanwhile, major rivers and their tributaries have crossed the danger mark level and the administration has put disaster relief staff and forces on the alert. Normal life has been disrupted and many low line areas are inundated with rain water.
First Published: Jul 28, 2018 15:05 IST