Lakhs of people across several states in north India, including
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar, were affected as floodwaters
entered homes and inundated vast swathes of agricultural land
following incessant rain.
Major rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna and Satluj were in spate,
threatening to overflow their banks and prompting authorities in
various states to issue an alert.
Many areas in the Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar belt were
threatened as river waters rose alarmingly and officials rushed in
to evacuate people most at danger.
In Uttar Pradesh, at least seven eastern districts were affected as
water levels rose in the Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra, Saryu and Rapti
rivers. Lakhs of people in Ballia, Bahraich, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur
Kheri, Gonda, Barabanki and Faizabad were hit and many had to be
Thousands of hectares of agricultural land were flooded, officials
in Lucknow said, adding that the PAC (provincial armed constabulary)
was being pressed into service.
"The government has ordered necessary steps to be taken for
evacuation of flood affected population to safer areas," said an
official, adding that Chief Minister Mayawati had issued a warning
that no laxity on the part of any official dealing with the flood
situation would be tolerated.
In Bihar, floodwaters entered over 200 villages and threatened to
inundate many others. The most vulnerable areas were Bettiah,
Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga districts.
Besides, dozens of villages in Bagaha district were inundated after
embankments were breached at several places and water levels rose in
all the major rivers following heavy rains in the state and the
catchment areas of Nepal.
"All the rivers are in full spate following heavy rains. Some rivers
may cross the red mark late Wednesday or Thursday," an official
"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to remain extra
vigilant as the eastern afflux bund, which breached at Kushaha in
2008, is again under pressure due to heavy discharge in Kosi," an
official in the Chief Minister's Office here told IANS.
In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in
Bihar when the Kosi river breached its bank upstream in Nepal and
changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in Bihar in 50
The situation was similar in Punjab, where many towns and villages
in low lying districts were on alert as the water in the Satluj
hovered close to the danger mark. At least 15 villages in Anandpur
Sahib in Ropar district turned into a virtual sea, leading to
thousands leaving their homes
The level at the Bhakra Dam was increasing by one ft a day - the
water level can reach the maximum height of 1,680 feet in Bhakra
Dam. By Tuesday evening, it had touched 1,673.55 feet.
In neighbouring Haryana, a fresh breach emerged in the Yamuna in
Karnal district, leading to the flooding of many acres of farmland.
The Yamuna threatened the national capital as well as the city of
the Taj Mahal, Agra. In Delhi, a key bridge over the Yamuna linking
the capital with its populous eastern district was shut Wednesday as
the river waters rose menacingly, causing huge traffic jams.
Authorities said the Yamuna was flowing above the danger mark for
the fifth consecutive day, with officials warning that its level was
expected to rise further.
The water level has touched 205.92 metres and could go up, an
official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department told IANS
The river had crossed the danger level of 204.8 metres late Friday.
The threat of floods also loomed large over Agra with authorities
sounding a danger alert and advising people to move out as the water
level was rising every hour.
"As the rain continues in Punjab and Haryana, we expect Yamuna to
touch the danger mark," a Water Works official said.
Water has entered fields in Bateshwar, in Vrindavan and parts of