Lucknow: 93 people were killed in various flood incidents in Uttar Pradesh where incessant rain has thrown the state out of gear with road and rail traffic was disrupted.
Twenty six deaths were reported from different parts of UP on Saturday. Forty seven people died across the state in rain-related incidents on Thursday and Friday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cancelled the leaves of all government officials in view of the situation. A red alert - likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall - has been sounded by the weather office in most districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. In Lucknow, Amethi, Hardoi and some other districts, schools were closed on Friday and and Saturday due to heavy downpour.
Uttar Pradesh received record rainfall - 1700 per cent above normal - on Friday. The eastern parts of the state are worst hit. On Saturday, Prayagraj received 102.2 mm of rain and Varanasi received 84.2 mm of rain, much higher than what is usually received at this time of the year.
"Immediate provisions should be made to pump out water from the flooded areas, and relief material should be provided to people affected by flood. In view of the incessant rain, no official will be granted leave," a government statement said quoting Adityanath.