Lucknow: Over 17 lakh people have been hit by the floods in Uttar Pradesh, where the situation continued to remain grim with the swollen rivers inundating thousands of villages and the death toll in the deluge and other rain-related mishaps climbing to 280.
Two persons died on Sunday in Auraiya district in an incident of house collapse.
The relief commissioner office said a total population of over 17 lakh has been affected by the floods. Over 1,000 villages are adversely hit and people have been displaced.
NDRF and PAC teams are conducting relief and rescue operations, and camps have been set up in affected districts including Ballia, Allahabad, Ghazipur and others, to provide food and shelter to the affected people.
According to the Central Water Commission report, Ganga is flowing above the red mark at Phaphamau, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Ballia whereas Yamuna is above the danger mark in Naini (Allahabad).
Sharda at Palia Kalan (Lakhimpur), Ghaghra at Turtipar (Ballia) Budhi Rapti at Kakrahi (Siddharth Nagar) and Quano at Chandradeepghat (Gonda) are also flowing above the red mark.
According to the MeT office, Sidhauli received the maximum 7 cm of rainfall in the state, followed by Aligarh and Varanasi 6 each, Kunda (Pratapgarh), Ayodhya, Ghazipur and Jaunpur 5 each, and Turtipar (Ballia), Malihabad (Lucknow), Allahabad, Mathura and Agra 4 cm each.
The MeT forecast predicts rain and thundershowers at many places in eastern UP and at isolated places in the western parts of the state.