Lucknow: Nine people died today in rain-
related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where flood situation
aggravated due to rise in the level of major rivers in several
districts, affecting road and railway traffic.
Three died in Ramabai Nagar, two deaths each were
reported from Badaun and Shahjahanpur, while one each from
Bareilly and Pilibhit, officials said.
The deluge situation worsened further in the western
districts of the state with around 177 villages of Bareilly,
Badaun, Pilibhit and Shahajanpur inundating in flood water as
40,000 cusec water from Kalagarh dam were released into river
The National Highway connecting Delhi with Lucknow and
Bareilly-Badaun road remained closed in the wake of the flood,
which washed away Narain bridge on Kiccha river.
Flood waters also entered Akashwani and Doordarshan
centres in Bareilly.
Pauri-Delhi National Highway in Muzaffarnagar has been
closed for traffic due to floods.
Ganga and Solani rivers were flowing above the danger
mark in the district.
According to the Central Water Commission, Ganga is
was flowing at danger mark in Fatehgarh, Kannauj, Kanpur, Rae
Bareilly and is rising at Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi and
Ramganga is flowing above the red mark in Moradabad and
Shahjahanpur and is rising menacingly in Bareilly.
Yamuna is flowing above danger mark at Mathura and is
swelling at Allahabad and Banda.
Sharda river is flowing at danger level in Kheri, while
Ghaghara is above the red mark at Barabanki, Ayodhya and
Fatehgarh received maximum rainfall of 44.6 mm in the
state, officials said.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with
Defence Minister A K Antony undertook an aerial survey of the
flood-affected areas in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
"Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who undertook a tour of
flood and cloudburst-hit areas of Uttarakhand where 60 people
have died and thousands rendered homeless in the past few
days, conducted an aerial survey of Bareilly, Moradabad and
Rampur," they said.