Ganga recedes slightly, but still above warning level



Kanpur: The water level of river Ganga on Wednesday came down slightly, but continues to flow above the warning level and a little below the danger mark.

"The water level in Ganga came down to 113 metre and 30 cm at 9 AM today. It is flowing 30 cm above the red mark of 113 metres and 70 cm below the danger mark of 114 cm," Kanpur ADM (Finance) and the nodal officer for relief work here SP Singh said.

"Till last night, the river was flowing at 113 metres and 65 cm," he said.

"However, the administration is still at high alert as the sky is overcast since morning and there is a possibility of rains," he added.

Talking about the measures taken to deal with the situation, Singh said, "preparations have been done to evacuate nearly 20,000 people living in 30 villages around the Ganga in case the river breaches the danger mark."

"The evacuees will be shifted to six flood relief camps established by the government. Arrangements have already been made for food and lodging at these camps," he added.

"Eighty boats have been arranged for the evacuation of stranded people in case of flood. Also, police have been asked to be ready to deal with any security-related issues," he added.

PTI