Army helps avert flooding in parts of Allahabad

The Army on Monday averted a disaster by working overnight to plug a huge breach in an embankment along the river Ganga here, which has been in spate for the past few days.

Updated: Aug 26, 2013, 20:45 PM IST

Allahabad: The Army on Monday averted a disaster by working overnight to plug a huge breach in an embankment along the river Ganga here, which has been in spate for the past few days.

The breach, about 20 metres wide and eight metres deep, was caused yesterday at the embankment erected near a sewage treatment plant "owing to immense pressure created by the water column inside the STP," defence spokesman Wing Commander B B Pande said here.

"The breach had caused water to leak through a sluice gate into the city and the problem was compounded by the rise of water level in the Ganga river," he said, adding "alarmed by the situation, civil authorities requisitioned help from the Army and the latter immediately sprung into action".

A reconnaissance of the site was carried out after which a flood relief column of the Army`s Red Eagle Division comprising three officers, as many JCOs and 60 jawans was pressed into service, the spokesman said.

"The flood relief column, ably assisted by civil authorities who ensured timely provisioning of stores, worked through the night to bridge the gap in the embankment.

"The breach was effectively plugged by this evening," he added.

Meanwhile, water levels in both the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers, which converge at the famous pilgrimage spot "Sangam" here, remained stable since morning even though in both rivers it was more than a metre above the danger mark which stood at 84.73 metres.

PTI