Situation remains grim in UP

With major rivers flowing above the danger mark at several places inundating large tracts of land, flood situation in Uttar Pradesh remained grim even as authorities launched relief and rescue operations on a war footing in the affected areas to evacuate the trapped people and provide them with relief.

The Army has been called in to help the civil administration in carrying out relief and rescue operations at many places.

Although the rains subsided in large parts of the state, continuous discharge of water from the overflowing reservoirs were causing sharp increase in the water levels of the rivers, the officials said.

According to the officials, the Ganga was flowing above the danger mark at Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar. The Army was assisting the civil administration in Muzaffarnagar. Around 300 people who had been trapped were shifted to safe places by the Army there. Hundreds of people are still trapped in Bijnore district, reports said.

The flood situation worsened in Lakhimpur-Kheri, Baharaich, Gonda, Pilibhit and Balrampur districts where the rampaging rivers have caused breaches in the embankments and inundated several low lying areas.

The rail traffic has been adversely affected in some districts after railway tracks were submerged by flood waters. Several trains have either been canceled or were halted before their destinations, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the toll in rain-related incidents rose to 30 with the death of eight more people in the past 24 hours in different parts of the state.UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that directives have been issued to the authorities to make sure that there was no loss of life in the floods and warned of stern action if there was any laxity in undertaking relief and rescue operations. He also announced an assistance of Rs 25 crore to the Uttarakhand government. He called upon states to and help to Uttarakhand, which has been hit by the nature's fury.

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