Almost 300 villages in the north-western Uttar Pradesh are submerged in water as UP is witnessing torrential rains from the past few days and due to that they are cut off by their respective districts. Most of the these villages fall in districts Moradabad, Sambhal, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit andareas of Lakhimpur Kheri bordering Nepal.
“My house is submerged in nine feet of water. All our belongings have been destroyed. Somehow, we managed to leave the village,” said Mansoor Khan of Khaddar area in Amroha -among the worst hit districts. Mansoor said he and his family of five were staying with their relatives in Amroha city.
“Some villages in Thakurdwar, Kanth and Bilari have been affected by the rising water level in river Ram Ganga that passes through the district,” said Rakesh Kumar, district magistrate of Moradabad.
At least nine people have lost their lives in these flooded areas. To minimise the damage the respective district administrations has taken several steps: “We have set up 14 flood relief posts in areas susceptible to flooding. These posts are coordinating with the district administration to provide relief to people in affected villages,” said district magistrate of Pilibhit Dr Akhilesh Mishra.
Major rivers like Ganga, Ram Ganga, Sharda, Ghagra and Kuwano are flowing above the danger mark, according to the Flood Management Information System.