Uttarakhand floods: Death toll rises to 52 as rains wreak havoc

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 15:27

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Uttarakhand on Sunday where over 50 people have reportedly been killed following floods and landslides in the area.

Fresh warnings were issued today after after water level in Ganga River increased above the danger mark in Haridwar.

Landslide in the area led to blockage of highway in Gangotri affecting the movement of vehicles.

Uttar Pradesh

Meanwhile, the situation continues to be alarming in Uttar Pradesh`s Balrampur and Barabanki districts today where rising water levels have displaced lakhs of people and hundreds have gone missing.

Hundreds of villages have been affected in Balrampur and Barabanki districts where River Rapti and River Ghagra crossed the danger mark today.

The overflowing water has entered 85 villages in Bahraich and 72 villages in Shravasti.

The increase in water levels in Rapti is due to excess water being released from Bhalubang, Bhairahwa and Kusum barrages in Nepal while the water level in Ghagra has crossed the danger mark after flood water from Chisapani barrage in Nepal was released, as per a news report.

The Centre had issued a warning of “high flood situation” on Saturday after the water level in River Rapti increased.

Three helicopters were also kept on standby for rescue operations in Gorakhpur.
Bihar

Thousands of people continued to be affected in Bihar`s Darbhanga, West Champaran and Nalanda districts after breaches in the embankments of Kamla Balan and Gandak rivers respectively.

The overflowing of Panchane river caused floods in Nalanda where the situation is reportedly termed as “grim”.

Thousands of people are being evacuated and relief and rescue operations in the area are on.



First Published: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:30

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