UP battles flood fury as 68 more die, toll rises to 380

Flood fury claimed 68 more lives in Uttar Pradesh even as the deluge situation in most parts of northern India on Friday eased with water level of major rivers receding due to absence of rains.

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010, 22:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Flood fury claimed 68 more lives
in Uttar Pradesh even as the deluge situation in most parts of
northern India on Friday eased with water level of major rivers
receding due to absence of rains.

With fresh casualties reported from Basti, Kannauj,
Bijnore, Moradabad and Lakhimpur Kheri districts since
yesterday, the death toll rose to 380 in Uttar Pradesh this
monsoon season since June.
The flood situation continued to remain grim in the
western region of the state, specially in Bijnore, Badaun and
Shahjahanpur.

Relief and rescue works were on at a war footing in
Bahraich, Pilibhit, Sitapur, Deoria, Gonda , Rampur ,
Shahjahanpur, Mathura, Bareilly, Saharanpur and Kanshiram
Nagar districts.

Ganga was maintaining an upward trend all through from
Fatehgarh to Allahabad and from Mirzapur to Ballia, flowing
above the danger mark at Fatehgarh, Kannauj and Kanpur dehat.

Ram Ganga was flowing above the danger mark at Moradabad,
affecting 217 villages, and Shahjahanpur where 260 villages
were worst-hit.
Yamuna was flowing above the danger mark at Mathura and
Mavi, while Sharda has crossed the red mark at Palia Kalan
(Kheri) and Shardanagar. Ghaghra was above the danger level at
Ayodhya and Ballia and almost touching the red mark at Elgin
Bridge (Barabanki) because of discharge of water at Bahraich.

However, the state received very little rainfall today.

Several areas in Delhi remained inundated even as the
water level in Yamuna river receded, although it continued to
flow well above the danger mark.

The water level in Yamuna was at 206.14 metres at 9 am
this morning. It is, however, still flowing well above the
danger mark of 204.83 metres.

The Inter-State Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate has been
partially submerged and operations there were affected as
waters entered inside the complex.

Haryana, meanwhile released another 83,000 cusecs of
water.
The flood situation in parts of Haryana and Punjab eased
with the water inflow in Yamuna and Sutlej rivers decreasing
considerably due to absence of rainfall in both the states.

The water level in flood-hit areas of Yamunanagar,
Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonepat,
Jhajjar, Rohtak, Palwal, Bhiwani, Ferozepur, Patiala, Ropar
and Ludhiana districts of the twin agrarian states was fast
receding and returning back to Yamuna and Sutlej, which were
flowing above danger levels for the past few days.

Meanwhile, the effort to plug the 300-feet breach in
Yamuna near Lal Ghat at Tajewala in Yamunanagar by Army is on.

After over two months of rains, the south-west monsoon
appeared to be showing signs of withdrawal over Rajasthan.

Weather remained dry in the state in the absence of
rains. Bikaner recorded a maximum temperature of 37 deg C,
while Jaipur was at a high of 32.8 deg C.

PTI