Flood situation grim in Uttar Pradesh; rivers flowing above danger mark
The flood situation continued to be grim in eastern Uttar Pradesh where several rivers have crossed the danger level.
A number of big and small rivers, including Ganga, Yamuna, Gomti, Sharda and Ram Ganga, were flowing above the red mark and creating havoc in several Uttar Pradesh districts.
The flood waters have marooned several villages and thrown life out of gear.
In Varanasi, the venue of the historical Ganga Aarti, has been shifted owing to the river being in spate.
According to Central Water Commission today, Ganga river was overflowing in Kannauj, Kanpur, Rae Bareli, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur, Ghazipur and Ballia, while Ram Ganga has crossed the red mark in Moradabad, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur.
Yamuna river was recorded flowing above the danger level in Mathura, Agra and Etawah, while Gomti had breached embankments at Sitapur, Sultanpur and Jaunpur.
Similarly, Sharda river was above the red mark in Paliyakala, while Ghagra had crossed the danger level in Barabanki district.
Yamuna river was recorded to be overflowing in Mathura, Agra and Etawah.
A report from Varanasi said cremations were being performed on the steps of the historic Mahashamshan and Manikarnika ghats due to overflowing Ganga river. The river was rising in volume continuously and deluge waters had entered temples and shops.
In Behraich, the swirling Ghagra river had engulfed several villages and hit normal life.
Traffic was disrupted between Siddharthnagar and Shrawasti after the connecting road got marooned in the flood waters.