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Floods across North India; Lakhs suffer
New Delhi, Sept 22 (Agencies):
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Published on 23 Sep. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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Lakhs of people across several states in north India, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar continue to suffer as incessant rains in the past few days have raised water levels in three prominent rivers flowing in the region.
According to reports, heavy rains in the past few days have led to 93 deaths in north India with 67 deaths reported from Uttarakhand region alone.
The floodwater has entered homes and inundated vast swathes of agricultural land in northern part of the country. Heavy downpour has led to the cancellation of several trains and affected traffic in many cities. Thousands have been rendered thousands homeless in the Uttarakhand.
The worsening floods situation has prompted the authorities in various states to take remedial measures and flood alerts have been issued. The respective state governments in Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have ordered necessary steps to be taken for evacuation of flood affected population to safer areas.
The rising water level in Yamuna river continues to threaten the national capital. In Delhi, the water level in Yamuna River has already crossed the danger mark at 204.83 metres and is currently flowing above 207.03 meters, its highest level in 32 years.
The water could reach 207.30 mts by tomorrow morning.
The old Yamuna bridge, connecting east Delhi with other parts of the capital, was shut for rail and road traffic recently after the water level in Yamuna rose dangerously.
It is feared that worse is yet to come as the Hatnikund barrage upstream has let out more water into the already swollen river.
Indian Railways have stopped train services on the route and are diverting/cancelling trains originating from Old Delhi Railway Station bound for eastern part of the country. Twenty-seven local trains have been cancelled while 58 short distance trains like Farakka, Padmavati, Howrah Janata, Ranikhet and Lal Quila Express have been diverted.
Fearing a flood-like situation, Delhi Government appealed to people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places and alerted the authorities concerned to remain “extremely vigilant” in monitoring the situation.
The government has already shifted hundreds of people from Garhi Mandu, Usmanpur Pusta, Jagatpur Village and Shastri Nagar to relief camps.
Over 3500 people who shifted to relief camps set up by the government following flood-threat last week, are already staying there.
Flood Control Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan has informed that several booster pumps have been installed in several areas along the river to pump out the water. However, he said, there is no threat to the Games Village even if the water level rises further.
In Uttar Pradesh, at least seven eastern districts were affected as water levels rose in the Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra, Saryu and Rapti rivers. Lakhs of people in Moradabad, Ballia, Bahraich, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur Kheri, Gonda, Barabanki and Faizabad were hit and many had to be evacuated.
The PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) has been pressed into rescue operation and the state Chief Minister Mayawati is all set to conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas across the state.
The situation worsened in the western districts of the state with around 177 villages of Bareilly, Badaun, Pilibhit and Shahajanpur inundated after 40,000 cusec of water was released from Kalagarh dam into river Ramganga.
Mayawati demands
Rs. 2000 crore for relief
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today demanded Rs 2000 crore from the Centre for conducting flood relief operations in the state.
“We need Rs. 2000 crore for flood relief operations in the state. Of the Rs. 2000 crore, Rs. 1000 crore was needed for Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal (eastern UP) and the rest for Western UP,” Mayawati told reporters here after undertaking an aerial survey of the flood affected areas.
She said Rs. 225 crore were needed immediately for flood relief measures adding that if the Centre did not release the money the state government would arrange for the funds out of its own resources.

 
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