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Nepal releases excess water, causes floods

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 1, 2009

LUCKNOW: Floods during drought sounds weird, but this happened in some districts of the state after Nepal

released excess water in some
rivers originating from Himalayan country. It led to flash floods in many villages in
Bahraich, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri, Basti, Gorakhpur and Maharajganj.

Worst affected was Bahraich where Ghaghra inundated over 35 villages. Ghaghra also caused havoc in villages in Lakhimpur Kheri and Barabanki. Villagers in Bahraich were caught unawares and had to run for their lives leaving behind all their belongings. Ghaghra was also threatening to damage embankments in Bahraich.

Additional district magistrate, Bahraich, Madan Lal Arya said that people caught in the floods are being rescued and relief work has been initiated by the district administration. The water level in Rapti was said to be rising in Maharajganj and Saryu in Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, a total of 58 districts out of 71 in UP have been declared drought hit so far. These districts are: Mainpuri, Kanpur Dehat, Bareilly, Farukkhabad, Kannuaj, Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Rae Bareli, Fatehpur, Sultanpur, Hardoi, Basti, Kanshiram Nagar, Sant Kabirdas Nagar, Ballia, Unnao, Deoria, Mau, Ambedkar Nagar, Maha Maya Nagar, Agra, Shahjahanpur, Saharanpur, Faizabad, Meerut, Mahoba, Aligarh, Jyotibaphule Nagar, Balrampur, Etah, Rampur, Ghaziabad, Gautambuddha Nagar, Banda, Mathura, Allahabad, Auraiyya, Jalaun, Kanpur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Moradabad, Azamgarh, Siddharthnagar, Badaun, Sitapur, Ferozabad, Lucknow, Chitrakoot, Etawah, Bulandshahr, Kaushambi, Pilibhit, Muzaffarnagar, Kushinagar, Jhansi, Bijnor and Mirzapur.

Source:The Times Of India


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