Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Over 350 villages hit by floods in Uttar Pradesh

Over 350 villages hit by floods in Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: At least 357 villages across 21 districts in Uttar Pradesh have been inundated with floodwater due to heavy rainfall in the state, reports ANI.

Hamirpur and Jalun districts in Bundelkhand region are the worst affected.

Bundelkhand region, which usually reports below normal to normal rain, is the worst affected with Yamuna river flowing above the danger mark in at least five places. In the Gonda district of eastern UP, a primary school got washed away following a rise in the water level of Ghaghara river on Sunday.

Ganga is flowing about the danger-mark in three districts - Badaun in western UP and Ghazipur and Balia in the eastern part of the state, officials said.

Ninety-seven villages or one-third of the total affected villages have been completely cut off due to the floods.

Due to the increase in the water levels of rivers, the Yogi Adityanath government has sounded an alert and asked all concerned officials to maintain a close vigil on the situation. The Chief Minister is also expected to take an aerial survey of the affected regions later in the day.

“Water level of Ganga river is currently two metre above the danger level due to discharge of large amount of water from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. This has led to flooding in 50 villages. At least 200 families have been moved to safety,” Jal Shakti and Flood Control minister Mahendra Singh said.Since the start of the monsoon on June 1, Uttar Pradesh witnessed 96 per cent rainfall which is a deficit of four per cent according to the government. The start government also said that more than half of the districts in the state have reported normal to above normal rainfall.