Rain kills 5 in UP, flood threat looms large over Bihar

Incessant rains killed five more people in Uttar Pradesh where deluge situation continued to remain grim, as Bihar faces a 2008 Kosi-like flood situation with the Gandak River breaching its embankment in Gopalgunj district.

New Delhi: Incessant rains killed five more people in Uttar Pradesh where deluge situation continued to remain grim, as Bihar faces a 2008 Kosi-like flood situation
with the Gandak River breaching its embankment in Gopalgunj district.

A flood alert has been sounded in Saran division in Gopalgunj district in the wake of the swollen Gandak river breaching about 25 metre of its embankment and damaging slopes
of the river side, top and rural side.

It is feared that the breach in the embankment could lead
to a repeat of the 2008 floods by Kosi river after it had
breached its embankment at Kusaha in Nepal, officials said.

Five people lost their lives in rain related incidents in
Varanasi and Jaunpur districts in Uttar Pradesh where flood
situation continued to remain grim due to rise in water level
of major rivers at a number of places.

Ganga river is rising in Fatehgarh, Allahabad, Mirzapur,
Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia. It is flowing at danger mark in
Gumatia (Kannauj).

Yamuna river is flowing above the danger mark in Agra,
inundating standing crops and low lying areas. The flood
waters are lapping against the northern walls of the Taj Mahal
and has entered the Khane Alam nursery to the west of the
monument.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Upper and Lower Assam
eased with the mighty Brahmaputra recording a falling trend
due to declining rainfall along its course in the 11 affected
districts, even as water level in the river`s tributary in
Barak Valley continued to rise, displacing over five lakh
people.

The flood waters are ebbing from human habitation and
farm lands in the affected districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji,
Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur,
Dhubri, Goalpara and Barpeta.

However, Barak river in Barak valley comprising Cachar,
Karimganj and Hailakandi districts is flowing above the danger
level, inundating low lying areas and displacing over five
lakh people.

The maximum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana
settled few notches below normal range though there was no
rainfall.

Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature 32 deg C as
against yesterday`s 33 deg C. In Punjab, Amritsar registered a
high of 33 deg C, down three notches, while in Haryana, Ambala
registered a high of 32.2 deg C, one degree below normal.

The weather was mainly dry in Rajasthan barring few
places which experienced light rains.

Barmer recorded 22.4 mm rainfall, while light rainfall
occurred in Udaipur, Bharaptur, Kota and Jodhpur. There was no
downpour in Jaipur, Ajmer and Bikaner.

PTI

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