600 Uttar Pradesh villages across 24 districts affected by floods
- Houses are partially submerged in parts of Prayagraj
- The Yamuna is flowing above the danger-mark in five places
- Rescue teams of the NDRF are deployed to carry out relief operations
Twenty-four of Uttar Pradesh's 75 districts are battling floods after the state received 154% excess rainfall in the last 24 hours. The Ganga river, flowing above the danger mark, has been flooding low-lying areas as National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continues to conduct rescue and relief operations.
While more than 100 villages have fallen victim to the flood fury, at least 600 villages have been affected so far. Houses are partially submerged in parts of Prayagraj that have received "12 times excess rain" in the last 24 hours," NDTV quoted officials.
Similar conditions have been reported in the neighbouring state of Bihar where locals from Sabalpur Diyara were forced to migrate to Patna due to severe floods following heavy rainfall.
"We are living in broken buildings. We are facing a lot of problems. I lost most of my belongings. I'm unable to properly feed my children," a local said, as per ANI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a stock of the situation in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and assured all help to the officials. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Etawah to distribute relief material on Monday. He also held a meeting with officials and conducted an aerial survey to take a stock of the situation.
Water levels are above the danger mark in Prayagraj, Ghazipur and Ballia. The Yamuna is flowing above the danger-mark in five places.
Rescue teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are deployed to carry out relief operations. The Indian Air Force (IAF) had deployed three helicopters for flood relief operations in the Jalaun district.
The current spell of weak monsoon over the country is likely to continue for the next five days, while intense rainfall over the northeast and east India, and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is expected to last till August 14, the IMD said on Wednesday.
The death toll in Wednesday's landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district has risen to 13 with 13 others being rescued from the rubble, reports ANI. More than 30 people are still feared trapped as rescue work, suspended overnight, resumed at 6 AM on Thursday.