Flood alert sounded in 30 Uttar Pradesh districts

June 18th, 2008 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 18 (IANS) A flood alert has been sounded in over thirty districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lakhimpur Kheri, Faizabad, Gonda and Bahraich, following incessant rains, officials said Wednesday. The level of water in the state’s various rivers, including Ghagra, Sharda, Saryu and Gomti, has risen following the week-long rains, officials added.

Pinky Jowel, district magistrate Lakhimpur Kheri, told IANS: “Although at present the Sharda river is flowing below the danger mark, there is a possibility the water level in the river may rise and cause floods.”

She said that with the flood threat looming large over Lakhimpur Kheri, the district administration is prepared to tackle the situation.

Anil Garg, district magistrate Faizabad, said preparations have been made in the district following the flood alert sounded by the government.

He said the level of water in the Saryu river is below the danger mark, but can cross it if heavy rains continue.

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