Lucknow, Sep 30 : In the wake of heavy rains wreaking havoc in Uttar Pradesh since the past four days, the inmates of the water logged Ballia district prison had to be shifted to Azamgarh jail.
Process of shifting the prison inmates went on till late Sunday night as the barracks, hospital, residence and office of the Ballia jail were submerged in water. Pumping sets have been installed to remove the water.
Ballia jail has a capacity for 350 prisoners but over 900 inmates had been lodged there and 500 of them were sent to Azamgarh on Sunday. The outgoing monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in Eastern UP affecting normal life in several districts. As many as 90 deaths were reported from UP in the past four days. The weatherman has predicted that the monsoon may take more time to return even as 14 people died in the state on Sunday.
Earlier, 25 deaths were reported on Saturday while 18 people reportedly died on Friday. Numerous districts in Uttar Pradesh have been hit by heavy rains accompanied with floods. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed that in view of the flood situation, no official should be given a holiday and the officials should regularly visit and inspect the flood situation in their respective districts.
Alongside, Mr Adityanath has directed the District Magistrates to deal with the issue of water-logging on an immediate basis. He said in case of any human loss or other instances, the affected should immediately be provided the compensatory amount. The relief work should be carried out in a speedy manner and it should be ensured that there is no laxity of food materials in the affected areas.
Mr Yogi has also directed that preparations should instantaneously be done to solve any emergency situation, adding that any negligence will not be tolerated. (UNI)