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Flood situation continues to be critical in UP: 49 deaths

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Agencies, Lucknow
The flood situation in Uttar Pradesh continued to be critical in Bahraich, Shravasti and seven other districts, even as the death toll in the recent floods today rose to 49. More than five lakh people of over 1000 villages in around 22 tehsils of nine districts with over 1.5 lakh hectare of agricultural land, were affected in the flash floods due to cloudburst in Nepal, flooding the Ghagra, Rapti and other rivers.

State Principal Secretary Revenue K S Atoria said here today that the highest death in floods have been reported from Bahraich (22), Shravasti (10), Balrampur(2) Lakhimpur Kheri (11) and Sitapur (4).

The situation in Bahraich district is most critical, where 22 people have lost their lives and 227 villages of two tehsils were marooned by flood waters.
Over 400 schools and colleges of the district were closed either due to submerging in flood waters or have been converted into relief camps.
A report from Bahraich said that Ghagra was flowing 1.5 metres above the danger level at Jarwal Road, thus snapping road connection with several villages. Around 3.5 lakh population was affected due to floods in the district.

Last night at around 0100 hrs, about 30 villages of Mahisi tehsil were inundated by Ghagra river and the PAC rescue teams were engaged in moving people to safer places.

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