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UP flood toll rises to 240

Lucknow, August 26, 2013, DHNS: 1:37 IST
Army members attempt to repair an embankment that was washed away alongside a sewage treatment plant due to heavy flooding of the Ganga in Allahabad on Monday. The embankment helps separate more than half the city from the Ganga. AFP
Water from the swollen Ganga and Yamuna rivers have inundated Varanasi and Allahabad towns, threatening residential areas and displacing thousands of people, even as the toll in the flood-related incidents rose to 240 in the state.

The Army was called in to assist the civil administration in Allahabad after the embankments gave in under pressure as a result of which the flood waters entered Allapur and other residential areas. Army jawans had been trying to repair the breach, reports said.

The situation in Varanasi is as unsettling with water from the Ganga entering many city areas. The river was flowing about one metre above the danger mark and was still rising, officials said.

Around 10,000 families have taken shelter on the roofs of their houses in affected areas.

There were reports of breaches in embankments in Ballia district also. Dozens of villages have been marooned after flood waters entered them, reports said.

The situation is more or less similar in Banda and Fatehpur districts where road traffic has come to a halt at several places after water flooded the roads, reports said.

Huge tracts of land were submerged in water bringing big losses to farmers with standing crops completely destroyed.

Companies of the Provincial Arms Constabulary have been pressed into service at many places to rescue marooned people.

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