Lucknow: Hundreds of
villages and towns along the India-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh
were flooded by waters gushing down the Himalayan rivers, the
government said Tuesday.
Incessant rain all along the Himalayan foothills compounded the
plight of the people, authorities said.
A huge chunk of an embankment along the Ghaghra river in Barabanki
district, 50 km from state capital here, was washed away Monday
night. It swept away at least three dozen villages in Barabanki
and its adjoining Gonda district.
The government has ordered suspension of the concerned chief
engineer and four of his subordinate engineers responsible for
raising the embankment, said an official spokesman here but
declined to be named.
But "there was no loss of human life", an official maintained.
"At least 300,000 people were affected by the floods in parts of
Barabanki, Gonda, Sitapur, Balrampur and Lakhimpur-Kheri districts
where more than 2,000 hectares of agricultural land was badly
hit," the spokesman said.
Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel were looking for stranded
villagers, he said, adding that districts magistrates were told to
sound a round-the-clock alert and personally supervise the relief
Rains disrupted normal life in urban areas too, including the
state capital Lucknow, said Rajeshwar Singh, additional municipal
"We have installed pumps to relieve the people of waterlogging but
uninterrupted rain has made our task difficult," he said.