In Uttar Pradesh, low lying areas close to major rivers in the state are facing the fury of the flood. The situation emerged after heavy rains in the catchment areas and water released into rivers from various dams and barrages.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited flood-affected areas in the Ballia district and instructed officials to provide every possible assistance to flood victims.
Almost all major rivers in the state are in spate and flowing above or close to the danger mark. Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Chambal, Ghaghara, and Sharda rivers are wreaking havoc in low lying areas of various districts including Hamirpur, Banda, Ballia, Auraiya, Prayag raj, Faizabad, Barabanki, Gonda, Varanasi, and Agra.
In Varanasi, almost all major Ghats are inundated in water and the venue of famous Ganga Arti has been shifted. After the release of more than 6 lakh cusec water from Kota bairaj in Chambal, steamer services have been started by the administration in the areas close to the river in Agra as many villages are marooned due to flood water.
17 people lost their lives in the state in the last 24 hours in lightening and other rain-related accidents. The Met department has predicted heavy rain in the central and eastern parts of state in the next 24 hours. (AIR NEWS)