Due to heavy rains and release of water from dams, 1,111 villages in 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh are in the grip of floods and thousands of hectares of crops have been affected. The situation is worse in Varanasi where cremation is facing a lot of difficulties due to submergence of ghats in water. One person has died due to drowning in flood waters in Ballia. According to the report received from the Relief Commissioner’s office, at present 1,111 villages in 18 districts in the state are affected by floods and out of them, 116 have lost contact with the rest of the areas. A total of 2,45,585 people have been affected by the floods.
According to the report, 344 shelters have been set up in the flood-affected districts of the state, where about 13,496 people have been kept. A total of 26 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed for relief and rescue operations. Food packets are being distributed in the affected areas.
According to the report of the Central Water Commission, river Ganga is flowing above the danger mark in Prayagraj, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia districts. Apart from this, river Yamuna is flowing above the red mark in Jalaun, Banda and Prayagraj, river Sharda in Lakhimpur Kheri and river Ghaghra in Barabanki.
One person has died in floods that have affected nearly 2.4 lakh people in over 1,000 villages of Uttar Pradesh’s 22 districts, officials said on Tuesday.
Accordingly to reports received from Varanasi, the water level of the Ganga has risen above the danger mark, affecting the lives of thousands of people in the coastal areas. Cremation is facing a lot of difficulties due to floods at Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghats.
The lower platforms of the cremation ground in Manikarnika Ghat have been submerged in flood water, so bodies are being burnt on the terrace. At the same time, cremation is being done in the streets of Harishchandra Ghat. People have to wait for four to five hours to burn the dead bodies. In Varanasi, 28,499 people from 115 villages are affected by the floods. 608.572 hectare crop has also been affected due to inundation in the district.
In Ballia district, population of 27 villages has been affected due to rise in the water level of river Ganga. According to Piyush Singh, in-charge of the Disaster Management Department, people from the coastal areas have taken shelter on the dam to prevent floods.