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Raining misery in UP: 15 more deaths, toll up to 95

With 15 more deaths on Tuesday, the toll in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh went up to 95 in the last five days.

lucknow Updated: Aug 01, 2018 13:49 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Rains,Misery,Uttar Pradesh
Relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar said the district magistrates had been alerted and told to organise relief and rescue operations. (HT Photo)

With 15 more deaths on Tuesday, the toll in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh went up to 95 in the last five days, according to officials.

Three deaths were reported in Kanpur Dehat, two in Hathras and one each in Chitrakoot, Auraiya, Allahabad, Unnao, Amethi, Jaunpur, Fatehpur, Faizabad, Lakhimpur Kheri and Rae Bareli districts. The number of those injured went up to 93. Destruction of 601 houses and hutments was also reported in different districts.

The situation in the rural area of Karnailganj tehsil in Gonda district turned grim after the spate in river Ghaghra damaged 100 metres of the temporary embankment constructed around the age-old Elgin- Charsadi embankment. Consequently, panic gripped Nakhara, Kashipur, Gharkuian and Pratapur villages located near the embankment.

An irrigation department engineer VN Shukla said repair work was on to protect the embankment from erosion. Teams had been constituted to maintain watch on the embankment and to organize relief works. The villagers were also called to assist labourers in repair works.

A native of Kashipur village, Ram Badan Singh, expressed dissatisfaction over the repair works. The irrigation department swung into action only after the rising level of the river started eroding the embankment. They said instead of boulders, the labourers were dumping soil bags and bamboo to check the rising water from eroding the embankment. The villagers had started shifting to safer places, he added.

River Ghaghra was flowing above the danger level at Eligin Bridge in Barabanki district, Yamuna crossed the danger mark at Mawi in Muzaffarnagar district, Sharada crossed the danger mark at Paliyakala in Lakhimpur Kheri and the Ghaghra crossed the danger level at Ayodhya in Faizabad district.

Ganga flowed near danger level at Narora in Bulandshahr district, Yamuna flowed near danger level at Prayaghat in Mathura and Ghaghratoo flowed near danger level at Turtipar in Ballia district.

Rain brought respite to the parched region of Bundelkhand region as well. Banda, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Chitrakoot and Jhansi districts were reeling under drought condition since the beginning of monsoon.

“Rainwater has started flowing into Rajghat, Mata Tila, Govind Sagar, Jamini and Sajnam dams located in Lalitpur district,” an irrigation department officer said.

Relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar said the district magistrates had been alerted and told to organise relief and rescue operations.

The state government announced ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh for the family of the deceased and ₹59,100 for each injured. Compensation of ₹95,100 would be provided to the families whose houses were totally damaged while ₹5,200 will be paid on partial damage and ₹4,100 for those losing their hutments due to heavy rain.

Meanwhile in Kanpur, army personnel took stock of the situation and made preparations in case a flood-like situation arises. More than eight houses collapsed in the city while 35 more were damaged in a village of Kanpur Dehat. Traffic remained suspended on VIP road for several hours.

In Bilhaur, several labourers had a miraculous escape when the brick kiln was flooded with rainwater in the wee hours and they had to flee to save their lives.

Three houses collapsed in Maharana Pratap Nagar and Paraha village in Bilhaur while one old house in Maharana Pratap Nagar and two houses in Parah village collapsed during the downpour.

Another house collapsed under Maharajpur police station but none of the inmates received fatal injuries.

The level of Ganga at the barrage was recorded at 112.67 m, which was .33 meters below the warning level. The warning level is 113 m, according to the water reader.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 13:49 IST