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September 12, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Yamuna rampage

Exceeding the high mark of 1924 by over a metre, the Yamuna has touched an all-time high level at Etawah, innundating the town and the surrounding 650 villages.

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September 12, 2018 12:28:15 am
September 12, 1978 Indian Express page. (File)

Yamuna Rampage

Exceeding the high mark of 1924 by over a metre, the Yamuna has touched an all-time high level at Etawah, innundating the town and the surrounding 650 villages, according to officials reports in Lucknow. At the Jamuna bridge, the river was flowing at about 4.5 metres above the danger mark creating an “extraordinarily alarming situation”. The Talahati and Ghumanpura villages had been wholly submerged and scores of others were surrounded by deep flood waters. It is expected that the Yamuna will hit Kalpi town in Jalaun district and subsequently the district headquarters town of Hamirpur. So far, a total of 14 people have died in the flood.

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