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Release of water by Nepal affects 61 villages in UP’s Bahraich

The release of water has affected over 1.50 lakh people and damaged 171 houses, he said, adding National Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed in the area to rescue people. "Following the release of lakhs of cusec of water by Nepal, at least 61 villages in the district have been inundated.

PTI | Bahraich | Updated: 02-08-2020 19:46 IST | Created: 02-08-2020 19:34 IST
Release of water by Nepal affects 61 villages in UP’s Bahraich
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Over 60 villages in Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district have been inundated following the release of water by Nepal from its three barrages into rivers, a district administration official said on Sunday. The release of water has affected over 1.50 lakh people and damaged 171 houses, he said, adding National Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed in the area to rescue people.

"Following the release of lakhs of cusec of water by Nepal, at least 61 villages in the district have been inundated. The administration is providing relief to the affected people," Additional District Magistrate Jai Chandra Pandey said. He added that 61 villages located in Kaisarganj, Mahsi, and Mihipurva tehsils with a population of over 1.50 lakh have been affected. "The condition is very bad in seven villages. As many as 131 kutcha houses have been damaged. Twenty-three flood posts have been made. Apart from this, one motorboat, 179 boats, one platoon of flood PAC and NDRF have also been pressed into service," Pandey said.

He also said 48 medical teams along with veterinary teams have also been deployed for relief work. Medical facilities, vaccination of animals, tarpaulin sheets, and food packets are being distributed, he added.

"About 3.15 lakh cusec water was released into rivers from Sharda, Girijapuri and Saryu barrages. The levels of rivers at these places were below the danger mark, but Ghagara was flowing 108 centimeters above the danger mark at Elgin bridge. Along with the barrages, the embankments are also being constantly monitored," said Executive Engineer (Flood) Shobit Kushwaha. Meanwhile, a total of 455 villages in 14 districts of the state have been affected by the flood. "As many as 455 villages in 14 districts of the state have been affected by the flood. Of these 98 villages are marooned. At present the flood situation does not appear to be worrying," said a UP government spokesperson in Lucknow.

The 14 districts, which have been affected by the flood in the state are Barabanki, Ayodhya, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur Khiri, Bahraich, Azamgarh, Gonda, Basti, Mau, Sant Kabir Nagar, Sitapur, Siddharthanagar and Balrampur."


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