Floods have affected several people in Allahabad with schools been ordered to close down and people taking shelter in relief camps. Both Ganga and Yamuna have crossed the danger mark by more than a metre and water levels in both the rivers are steadily rising by a rate of about three cm per hour, official sources said.
Low-lying areas of the city, including residential colonies as well as temples located in the vicinity of the Sangam, have been lying submerged for quite some time. An aerial survey was conducted by District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar in remote villages of the district’s trans-Yamuna region and also supervised air-dropping of packets of food at a number of places.
He also ordered closure of all schools in the district, upto intermediate level, for the next two days and warned that institutions failing to comply with the direction would face stern action.
He also issued an appeal to the common people to avoid visiting river banks for the purpose of sightseeing and clicking of selfies. A young man had drowned in the Ganga on Saturday when he slipped while trying to take a selfie alongside the swollen river bed.