At least 28 people have been killed as a flash flood submerged around 1,000 villages in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh after, according to the state government, Nepal released water following a cloudburst there.
A total of 6 lakh hectares in the state has been affected by the inundation and over 600 houses have been reportedly washed away in the last 48 hours. So far, 17,000 villagers have been rescued and efforts were on to reach far-off areas that have been marooned due to flood water.
With 14 deaths and over 200 houses being washed away in 202 villages of Nanpara and Mahsi tehsils, Bahraich touching Nepal border is one of the worst affected districts. Other districts hit by the flash flood are Shravasti, Balrampur, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Gonda, Barabanki, Faizabad and Azamgarh.
Government officials with help of two Army helicopters, PAC personnel, National Defence Relief Force and 679 boats were trying to reach the affected villages.
Officials noted that while the water level has stopped rising in Bahraich, but in other districts, especially Balrampur, it was continuously rising for 24 hours. All the adjoining areas have been put on high alert, they added.
“Such a situation has come up after 1995 and because of cloudburst in Nepal on the intervening night of August 15-16 and consequent release of water by Nepal especially in the rivers Rapti and Ghaghra. Bahraich is the worst affected district. Though water rising in some of the other districts, as per the latest report it has stopped rising in Bahraich now. We are hoping that it was start receding soon,” said Alok Ranjan, Chief Secretary.
The government has released Rs 51 crore relief fund for flash flood-hit districts, which include Rs 3.25 crore for Bahraich.
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.