A swollen Ganga has inundated the temples on the famed Varanasi ghats and forced cremations at the Manikarnika to be shifted to upper platforms, a Uttar Pradesh official has said.
The river rose by over two metres in the last 24-hours and the famous Ganga aarti from the boats has been banned. It is flowing just two metres below the danger mark at 69.91m as the Sheetla and Ratneshwar Mahadev temple have been submerged.
The water level of the Varuna river has also increased and it has flooded the old bridge area, Konia, Kazzakpur and other low-lying areas. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed to keep a tab on the rising waters and brace for any eventuality.
An NDRF team of 20-25 personnel have been posted on the Assi Ghat, Dashvashmedh Ghat and Rajghat.Waters of the Varuna increased due to increased monsoon activity and release of five lakh cusecs of water from the Matateela dam in Lalitpur a few days back, a district official said. Rains continued to wreak havoc in many parts of Uttar Pradesh.
In the last 24 hours, 20 persons have been killed in rain-related incidents, including wall collapses, house cave-ins and lightning. According to the office of the Relief Commissioner, three persons have died in Gonda, two in Mirzapur, one each in Meerut, Sitapur and Bahraich while three persons have died in Kushinagar, one in Unnao, two in Bijnore, one in Auraiyya, one in Jaunpur and one in Etah.
The UP Sports Minister, Chetan Chauhan would visit Farukkhabad to distribute relief and other material in the district. He said he will take a boat ride to meet the marooned villagers and give them relief material, food and medicines.
The Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, is also scheduled to make an aerial survey of the affected districts of Barabanki, Basti, Sitapur and Gonda.Heavy rains have been battering most parts of UP for the last 10 days, flooding many regions and causing water logging in major cities and towns.
There were, however, clear skies in Lucknow on Thursday, though the Met forecast two more days of heavy rains in the city and around. (UNI)