Twelve more people were killed and fourteen injured in overnight rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said Tuesday. According to reports, three people were killed each in Gonda and Kushinagar districts, two in Mirzapur and one person died each in Bahraich, Sitapur, Meerut and Etah, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told reporters here.
“Twelve people were killed and 14 injured in rain-related incidents, including in lightning strike, since Monday night,” he said. In this period, as many as 226 houses/huts were damaged and three head of cattle died, he said.
Rains have been battering most parts of the state since the past 10 days. Rivers in many districts are in spate and evacuation has been ordered in vast parts of low-lying areas in eastern parts of the state.
Heavy rains lashed Lucknow on Tuesday morning with water logging and traffic snarls reported from many parts.
It has been raining continuously in Barabanki and Hardoi for over 24 hours, leading to flood-like situation at most places. Low-lying areas in Ambedkarnagar is on alert as the Ghaghra river has inundated its banks.
Ghaghra’s water have entered many villages in Mau, Azamgarh and Ballia. Ganga river in Ballia and Sai river in Jaunpur are also in spate and are endangering a large population living on the banks, an official told IANS.
The Rapta bridge has collapsed in Kerakat in Jaunpur, wrecking havoc in nearby areas. More than a dozen villages in Bairiya tehsil of Ballia are also inundated.
Water level in the Gomti river is also rising. Low-lying areas in Allahabad have been submerged after heavy rains and gushing waters of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.
More rains have been predicted in the state in the next 48-hours till Thursday.