Eight perish in rain-related incidents in UP

Eight people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers were in spate inundating several villages, officials said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

Lucknow: Eight people were killed in
rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers
were in spate inundating several villages, officials said
on Sunday.

Two teenagers were swept away by surging waters in
Dubahar and Haldi areas in Ballia district as moderate to
heavy showers drenched the state.

Three persons were killed in incidents of house
collapse, triggered by heavy downpours, in Partapgarh district
while a 16-year-old girl was killed in a rain-related incident
in Etawah.

Two persons were killed when lightning struck them
in Bhadoi district, the officials said.

Major rivers including Ghagra, Sharda, Ganga and
Rapti were rising rapidly and had flooded several villages,
the Central Water Commission said.

Ganga was flowing above the danger mark in Ghazipur
and Ballia and was rising in Varanasi and Farukkhabad.

Ghagra had crossed the red mark at Elgin Bridge
(Barabanki) and Ayodhya, the Commission said.

In Ballia, an embankment near Gaighat was damaged due
to strong currents of the Ganga river and repir work was going
on on a war-footing, SDM Santish Shrama said.

Sharda was posing a flood threat to Pilibhit-Basti
highway in Dhaurehra.

PTI