Ganga Breaks Its Banks; Wreaks Havoc In UP, Bihar
Waters entered residential areas in the states of Uttar Pradesh as the river Ganga crossed its danger mark.

Waters entered residential areas in the states of Uttar Pradesh as the river Ganga crossed its danger mark.

Continuous heavy rainfall has already claimed two lives in the state’s Allahabad city. The low-lying areas of the city have already been flooded, a senior official reports.

“The district has been witnessing heavy rainfall since August 15 and so far one death each has been reported from Meja and Bara tehsils of trans-Yamuna region. More than 100 cattle have also perished in the two tehsils,” Additional District Magistrate (Revenue and Finance) Ram Sahayak Yadav said.

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“The situation is particularly grim in Bara where two villages are marooned due to sudden rise in the water levels of Satpura Lapri and Tons, both tributaries of the Yamuna.”

In Bihar, waters have reportedly entered into the riverine areas of the districts like Patna, Buxar, Bhojpur, Munger, Saran, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Samastipur, a Disaster Management Department statement said.

Water level of the Ganges crossed the danger mark of 84.73 meters at Phaphamau while at Chhatnag it was at 84.07 metres but rising at a rapid rate of nearly one centimetre per hour.

A 35-member NDRF team remains stationed at a camp in the low-lying regions and rescue operations are currently underway.

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“A total of 41 boats have been pressed into service across the district for flood relief. A 35-member-strong team of NDRF is also camping here while another team is likely to reach early tomorrow. In addition, the district administration is also in touch with the army,” he added.

Meanwhile, the examinations at the University of Allahabad for BA, BSc and BCom, which were to commence on Saturday, have been suspended , “until further orders”.

University authorities said the decision has been taken in view of the fact that “a large number of students live in the low-lying localities situated alongside the Ganges which have been adversely affected by the floods”.

(With PTI Inputs)