Floods in Uttar Pradesh, India

Severe flooding on a massive scale across much of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has caused chaos and displaced around half a million people so far. Fatalities have risen at an alarming rate over the weekend and the figure now stands at as many as 152.

There are currently 10 rivers in Uttar Pradesh with dangerously high levels. Heavy rain is continuing, threatening further or prolonged flooding. Farmland has been badly affected, which swathes of crops under water. Cattle farms have also suffered, with around 500 cattle deaths reported.

The ten rivers affected by high water levels are: Sharda, Ghaghra, Ramganga, Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Kain, Gomti, Sai and Saryu.

The Gomti river is one of the worst affecting the state since it runs through parts of the state capital of Lucknow, a city of nearly 3 million. Sultanpur and Sitapur have also been affteced by flooding from the Gomti. Other areas badly affetced by flooding include Raebareli, Barabanki, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Basti, Kushinagar, Bahraich, Gonda and Shravasti.

Uttar Pradesh is in north east India and borders Uttarakhand, the state so badly hit by flooding in June 2013, and Bihar, another Indian state so often hit by floods. To the orth of Uttar Pradesh lies Nepal, which suffered from sever floods at the same time as Uttarakhand, and also again on 10th July as I reported here

Source and Photo credit: India TV News

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