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Flood situation threatening northern states

Flood situation in MP and Bihar remains grim; in UP, both the Ganga and Yamuna rivers are rising continuously

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 22 2016 10:23AM | Updated Date: Aug 22 2016 10:23AM

Flood situation threatening northern states

The flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh remained grim on Monday morning. Normal life has been affected in various districts of the three states. Flood-affected people have taken shelter in schools and other buildings.


In Bihar, water from various rivers was reported to be spreading towards Bhojpur, Buxar, Munger, Bhagalpur and Khagaria districts. Low lying areas of Patna, riverine areas of Patna, Vaishali and Saran districts are also reportedly under water.


Flood-affected people have taken shelter in schools. The movement of trains has been stopped between Chapra and Balia because of submerged railway tracks at many places. The surging water of the Rivers Sone and Punpun has spread to the low lying areas of Jahanabad and Arwal districts.


In Uttar Pradesh too, the flood situation in the eastern parts is grim. River Ganga is rising in many places, including in Allahabad and Varanasi. The army has been kept on standby to possible rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Allahabad.


Both the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers are rising continuously in UP and people have been told to vacate their homes and move to safer places. Over 100 villages are facing a critical flood situation in the state. So far, about 10,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.


The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also engaged in Ballai and Banda districts after receiving information on rising water levels in Yamuna. Besides Allahabad, the waters of the River Ganga are reportedly rising in Varanasi, Ballia and Mirzapur districts.


After the release of water from the dam, the Betwa River is also on spate in Hamirpur district. Water levels are rising between two to three centimetres per hour.


In Rajasthan, incessant rains in the south eastern districts have affected normal life. Several over bridges have been submerged in water, bringing road traffic on these routes to a grinding halt.


The districts of Chittorgarh, Baran, Dungarpur, Banswara and Jhalawar have also experienced good rainfall. An alert has been sounded in nearby areas of Chambal river in Karauli following an increase in water levels.


In Madhya Pradesh, torrential rains have lashed western parts even as relief works have gained momentum in Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions.


Normal life has been affected in Guna, Rajgarh, Shivpuri, Mandsour, Ujjain and other parts of western Madhya Pradesh. Major rivers, including Retam, Chambal, Shivna, Kshipra and Sindh are in spate.