Flood fury in Allahabad, Varanasi & several districts of UP, Bihar; 11 NDRF teams dispatched from Centre

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New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 12:01:06 PM

Monsoons 2016 arrived fast and definitely furiously for some parts of North India with subsequent floods in one state after another. The recent to be hit by the swathes of heavy rains are Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. With the holy Ganges overflowing, condition has become grim and the Centre had to send 10 NDRF teams on Monday to curtail the situation.

With the Ganga and Yamuna crossing the danger mark by 1 metre, smaller rivers like the Ken, Betwa are also adding up to the havoc and Ghaghra and Sharda in Terai coming to the same level soon. (Reuters)With the Ganga and Yamuna crossing the danger mark by 1 metre, smaller rivers like the Ken, Betwa are also adding up to the havoc and Ghaghra and Sharda in Terai coming to the same level soon. (Reuters)

Monsoons 2016 arrived fast and definitely furiously for some parts of North India with subsequent floods in one state after another. The recent to be hit by the swathes of heavy rains are Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. With the holy Ganges overflowing, condition has become grim and the Centre had to send 11 NDRF teams on Monday to curtail the situation.

With the Ganga and Yamuna crossing the danger mark by 1 metre, smaller rivers like the Ken, Betwa are also adding up to the havoc and Ghaghra and Sharda in Terai coming to the same level soon. Like always, the Indian Airforce and Army are coming handy. Already 600,000 people have been evacuated from many dangered districts in Bihar, the number has been 12000 for the 25 affected districts of Uttar Pradesh. However, the Army is still on alert considering the MeT forecast of more rains in the coming days.

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Schools have been shut down on orders from District Administrations in Varanasi and Allahabad. People are taking refuge on hometops and higher shelters. Varanasi, known for pious cremations, has also come to a standstill. The ghats have either been shifted or closed down including the very famous Manikarnika Ghat. State government with its best effort to tackle the situation has set up relief camps with food and medical faciltiies at Saraiyan, Dhelwaria, Nagwan and other districts.

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The loss has been tremendous in both the cases of life as well as property. Crop failure is at its peak with 300,000 heactares of crop going futile, worth an estimate of Rs 1,216 lakh.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where many residents are still putting up in low lying areas are battling it with inundated flood waters.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in regular contact with Chief Ministers of the states of Bihar, UP, Rajasthan and has assured every possible help. The same word of support came from PM Narendra Modi on Monday as well.

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The NDRF said 11 flood rescue teams rescued 275 people from Ballia, 275 from Varanasi and 325 from Chitrakoot in UP on yesterday. This year itself NDRF rescued 26000 people from flood affected areas in the country with the toll in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh still on the rise. Along with rescuing and shifting people to safe areas, the teams are also providing medical aids.

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