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2 dead, 28 districts affected by flood in Uttar Pradesh


Indian mourners wait for a boat to transport the body of a relative through floodwaters to the cremation site of The Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi on August 23, 2016. India's holy city of Varanasi has been forced to halt cremations along the banks of the sacred river Ganges as deadly floods from monsoon rains hit parts of the country, an official said. More than 100,000 people have been forced from their homes in recent days in northern Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Bihar states as rain-swollen rivers burst their banks. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA

Lucknow: Two persons were killed in the flood in Uttar Pradesh which has affected lakhs of people in 28 districts of the state, officials said today.

Sudhir (18) and Shivpujan Yadav (40) fell victim to the flood in Ghazipur district in separate incidents since yesterday.

While Sudhir drowned in flood waters at Raghurajpur village in Jamania area, Shivpujan drowned while trying to rescue cattle from his marooned hut, police said.

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“Flood waters have affected two more districts — Mirzapur and Mahoba. Now, 28 districts of the state are affected by the flood,” said Relief Commissioner DK Singh.

He said the Ganga was flowing 2.695 metre above the ‘red’ mark at Ballia and was rising, it was flowing 1.426 metre above the ‘danger’ mark at Allahabad and above the ‘red’ mark at Mirzapur, Varanasi and Ghazipur.

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The Yamuna was flowing above the ‘danger’ mark at Jalaun, Hamirpur and Allahabad, said Singh.

NDRF teams have been sent to Varanasi, Allahabad, Ghazipur and Ballia, he said, adding that a total of 8.7 lakh people in 987 villages were affected by the flood.

“In these four districts, 30,247 people have been shifted to the relief camps, while 62,397 have been moved to safer places,” said Singh, adding that the situation has worsened due to release of water from Nepal and the adjoining states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand which has led to further rise in the water levels of the major rivers.

The state government has directed the divisional commissioners and district magistrates concerned to help the flood victims on war footing.

Officers have been asked not to sanction leave to employees involved in the relief work unless it is urgent.