Monsoon woes: Alert issued in UP due to heavy rains, flooding in rivers

A high alert has been issued in Uttar Pradesh as water level in most of the rivers have touched the danger mark.

Lucknow: A high alert has been issued in Uttar Pradesh as water level in most of the rivers have touched the danger mark, while three persons lost their lives in Maharajganj district due to heavy rain which lashed most part of the state during the last 24 hours.

A report from Bahraich said that with the release of four lakh cusex water from Nepal at the Banbasa barrage, threat of floods loomed large in the district.

Sharda river was flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan and directives have been issued to shift people in 44 villages of Mahsi area of Bahraich.

According to Central Water Commission sources, water level of Sharda, Rapti, Ghaghra, Burhi Rapti, Rohin and the Kuano river was constantly on the rise even as the Sharda river which had crossed the red mark yesterday registered one meter rise today.

The Burhi Rapti river was close to the danger mark at Kakrahi area, sources said.
In Farrukhabad, 100 villages on the banks of the Ganga river and the Ram Ganga river faced threat of flooding following incessant rains and release of water in Narora.

According to Meteorological department, chief amount of rainfall recorded in cms are Bansi (Siddhartnagar) 20, Palia Kalan (Bahraich) 16, Cornelganj (Gonda) and Kaisargnaj (Bahraich) 13, Elginbridge (Barabanki) and Nagina (Bijnore) 12 each.

Met sources forecast rain and thundershowers at many places over the west UP and most places in east UP, though they sounded a bright note that there could be a decrease in rainfall.

Meanwhile, in the wake of continuous downpour during the last 24 hours and heavy rain and incidents of cloudburst in Uttrakhand and Nepal, a high alert has been issued for the officials of flood control to maintain vigil.

Principal secretary irrigation, Deepak Singhal said that
on Monday eight lakh cusec water was released in the Yamuna river from Hathinikund barrage and report was also received regarding discharge of five lakh cusec water passed in the Ganga river in Bheemgaur.

Similarly, more than four lakh cusec water was discharged in the Sharda river in Banbasa, he said.

The principal secretary said that in the wake of the current situation, all divisional, district magistrate and other officers have been directed to remain vigilant and take necessary action.

From flood point of view, 23 districts are very sensitive and 11 are sensitive, he said.

45 flood control rooms have been set up and with the help of police 110 wireless centres have also been set up, Sighal said.