India – Fatalities After Floods and Severe Weather in Uttar Pradesh

Heavy rains from 15 September 2021 caused severe flooding in several districts of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Disaster authorities in the country reported as many as 58 people have lost their lives in incidents related to severe weather from15 to 19 September.

In a 24 hour period to 15 September 2021, Fursatganj recorded 186 mm of rain, Sultanpur 118 mm and Lucknow 107 mm. The following day Barabanki saw 176 mm, Lucknow a further 128 mm, Kanpur 102 mm and Hardoi 112 mm.

The rain caused river levels to rise and as of 17 September, the Kwano, Sarda, Ganges and Ghagra rivers were above danger levels in several districts including Gonda, Ayodhya, Kheri, Badaun and Ballia.

By 19 September India’s Disaster Management Division reported around 90,000 people were affected by flooding across more than 470 villages in 13 districts. Fifteen homes were completely destroyed and over 100 severely damaged. More than 1,200 people have evacuated their homes and moved to 186 relief camps.

During the period 16 to 19 September, 58 fatalities were reported as a result of the severe weather. Eleven people died after buildings or walls collapsed. Others lost their lives in lightning strikes or drowned in floods. At least 6 people died after being bitten by snakes in flood waters.

Fatalities were reported in the districts of Amethi, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Barabanki, Basti, Chandauli, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Kaushumbi, Lucknow, Mirzapur, Pilibhit, Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Rae Bareli, Sitapur and Sultanpur.

Severe flooding affected wide areas of the state in August this year.

Flooding in Uttar Pradesh, India, August 2021. Photo: Government of Uttar Pradesh