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Floods hit parts of UP, Bihar

Even as rains continued to be deficient in some parts of the north, these lashed others. In Uttar Pradesh (UP), the toll due to rain-fed floods rose to 41 on Monday, with reports of 13 more deaths. About 1,000 villages in the state have been affected by swollen rivers.

In Bihar, four more districts, including Belchi in Nalanda, the ancestral village of former chief minister Nitish Kumar, were under the grip of flood, which has affected 580,000 people in 13 districts. Officials said it was too early to comment on the loss in agriculture.

In UP, state officials said eight persons died in Shravasti, two each in Bahraich and Balrampur, and one in Lakhimpur due to flood-related incidents in the past 24 hours.

The worst-hit districts are Bahraich, Shravasti, Gonda, Balrampur, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur, Faizabad and Azamgarh. Shravasti additional district magistrate Rajnish Shandara said eight persons were killed in separate incidents due to floods in Bhinga and Ikauna tehsils, while four others were swept away. One hundred and seventeen villages in two tehsils of the district, involving a total population of 60,000 people, have been affected. Bahraich chief revenue officer U S Upadhyay said the level in the Saryu fell below the danger mark, while the Ghaghra was still flowing above the red mark.

Traffic on the national highway was affected between Bahraich and Lucknow as flood waters of the Ghaghra submerged the road near Ganeshpur. The water level, touching the railway line at Ghaghra bridge, was also posing threat to rail traffic.

According to a Central Water Commission report, the Rapti was flowing above the red mark in Birdghat (Gorakhpur).

Meanwhile, in view of the growing magnitude of floods in Bihar, four more battalions of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed from neighbouring West Bengal to join their eight teams already engaged in relief and rescue operation, Vijay Sinha, commandant of 9 NDRF battalion told PTI.

Districts Patna, Gopalganj, East Champaran and Sheikhpura were under the grip of floods on Monday, said Anirudh Kumar, special secretary in the disaster management department.

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