Flood situation remains grim in UP

September 26th, 2008 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Basti (Uttar Pradesh), Sept 26 (ANI): The release of more water from barrages in Nepal coupled with continuous downpour has compounded the already grim flood-situation in Basti in Gorakhpur District of Uttar Pradesh.

Water in Ghagra and Kuano rivers have risen more than one-and-a-half feet since Wednesday, overflowing neighbouring villages in Gorakhpur and Deoria Districts.

Several areas of Basti district in the State are inundated and rescue operations are in progress to get them to safer places and provide them relief materials.

The flood victims on the other hand lament that the authorities have not done enough to help them.

The houses have drowned in flood water. We are living on roads for past four five days. There is no food. Sometimes we get some food and sometimes we have to keep fasting. Our kids also don”t get food all the time. Till now we have not got any help from the government, said Sarita Devi, a flood victim.

At least 100 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh since Saturday, as heavy monsoon rains caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away houses.

Uttar Pradesh is country’’s most populous State with 170 million people, and also one of the most flood-prone regions in the country.

Monsoon rains and flooded rivers have brought huge devastation across South Asia this year, killing at least 1,500 people, mostly in India and Nepal. (ANI)

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