Uttar Pradesh: 49 killed in two days in rain-related incidents
Lucknow: Over 49 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh since Thursday, with Saharanpur accounting for the maximum 11 deaths, as heavy rains wreaked havoc in different parts of the state, a spokesperson of the Relief Commissioner’s Office said here.
Rains have continued to batter many parts of the state for the third consecutive day on Saturday, the Met said.
District authorities have been asked to brace for any eventuality as the Met predicted more rains in the coming days.
According to the State Disaster Management Authority, six persons have been killed in Agra, three each in Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj, four each in Meerut and Mainpuri, two in Bareily and one each in Kanpur rural, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Rae Bareli, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Bulandshahr, Firozabad and Amethi.
Four deaths were reported late on Friday from Saharanpur amid rescue and relief operations. Over two dozen people have been injured in the incidents like house collapses, wall cave-ins, lightning and storm.
Ten cattle deaths were also reported from Kanpur rural, Muzaffarnagar, Lalitpur and Pratapgarh. Heavy rains continued to pound major regions in the state, triggering swelling of many rivers.
It has been raining overnight in the state capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive later on Saturday.
The city has been turned into an island of sorts with waterlogging in most parts of the city.
Power outages have been reported from Hariharnagar, Indiranagar, Gomtinagar, Sapru Marg, Aliganj, Sitapur road and Aminabad due to bursting of cables and transformers.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of those killed.
The water level in Yamuna River has increased following the continuous rainfall in the national capital since Thursday. The Delhi government has sounded an alert after the water level of Yamuna River crossed the danger mark.
The East Delhi district administration released a statement last evening saying, “The Water Level of River Yamuna at Delhi Old Rly Bridge reached at 204.10 metres at 7 PM on July 27 (above the warning level) and having rising trend”.