New Delhi: Lakhs of people across several states in north India, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar continue to suffer as incessant rains in the past few days have raised water levels in three prominent rivers flowing in the region.
According to reports, heavy rains in the past few days have led to 93 deaths in north India with 67 deaths reported from Uttarakhand region alone.
The floodwater has entered homes and inundated vast swathes of agricultural land in northern part of the country. Heavy downpour has led to the cancellation of several trains and affected traffic in many cities. Thousands have been rendered thousands homeless in the Uttarakhand.
The worsening floods situation has prompted the authorities in various states to take remedial measures and flood alerts have been issued. The respective state governments in Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have ordered necessary steps to be taken for evacuation of flood affected population to safer areas.
The rising water level in Yamuna river continues to threaten the national capital.
In Delhi, the water level in Yamuna River has already crossed the danger mark at 204.83 metres and is currently flowing above 207.03 meters, its highest level in 32 years.
The water could reach 207.30 mts by tomorrow morning.
The old Yamuna bridge, connecting east Delhi with other parts of the capital, was shut for rail and road traffic recently after the water level in Yamuna rose dangerously.
It is feared that worse is yet to come as the Hatnikund barrage upstream has let out more water into the already swollen river.
Indian Railways have stopped train services on the route and are diverting/cancelling trains originating from Old Delhi Railway Station bound for eastern part of the country. Twenty-seven local trains have been cancelled while 58 short distance trains like Farakka, Padmavati, Howrah Janata, Ranikhet and Lal Quila Express have been diverted.
Fearing a flood-like situation, Delhi Government appealed to people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places and alerted the authorities concerned to remain "extremely vigilant" in monitoring the situation.
The government has already shifted hundreds of people from Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar to relief camps. Over 3500 people who shifted to relief camps set up by the government following flood-threat last week, are already staying there.
Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan has informed that several booster pumps have been installed in several areas along the river to pump out the water. However, he said, there is no threat to the Games Village even if the water level rises further.
In Uttar Pradesh, at least seven eastern districts were affected as water levels rose in the Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra, Saryu and Rapti rivers. Lakhs of people in Moradabad, Ballia, Bahraich, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur Kheri, Gonda, Barabanki and Faizabad were hit and many had to be evacuated.
The PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) has been pressed into rescue operation and the state Chief Minister Mayawati is all set to conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas across the state.
In view of the worsening flood situation, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday conducted an aerial survey of the worst flood-hit regions of Uttar Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The situation worsened in the western districts of the state with around 177 villages of Bareilly, Badaun, Pilibhit and Shahajanpur inundated after 40,000 cusec of water was released from Kalagarh dam into river Ramganga.
As per reports, the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh is believed to be worst-affected by the incessant rains.
The National Highway 24, connecting Delhi with Lucknow, and Bareilly-Badaun road remained closed due to which several vehicles were stranded. Narain bridge on the Kiccha river has been washed away by strong water current. Akashwani and Doordarshan centres in Bareilly have also been hit by flood.
Meanwhile, in Muzaffarnagar, the Pauri-Delhi National Highway has been closed for traffic due to floods.
In Bihar, floodwaters entered over 200 villages and threatened to inundate many others. The most vulnerable areas were Bettiah, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga districts.
Besides, dozens of villages in Bagaha district were inundated after embankments were breached at several places and water levels rose in all the major rivers following heavy rains in the state and the catchment areas of Nepal.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to remain extra vigilant as the eastern afflux bund, which breached at Kushaha in 2008, is again under pressure due to heavy discharge in Kosi.
The situation is similar in Punjab, where many towns and villages in low lying districts are on alert as the water in the Satluj has hovered close to the danger mark. At least 15 villages in Anandpur Sahib in Ropar district turned into a virtual sea, leading to thousands leaving their homes
The level at the Bhakra Dam has been increasing by one ft a day - the water level can reach the maximum height of 1,680 feet in Bhakra Dam. In neighbouring Haryana, a fresh breach emerged in the Yamuna in Karnal district, leading to the flooding of many acres of farmland.