India – 19 Dead in Uttar Pradesh Floods as Rivers Rise

At least 19 people have died in flood-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, India, since 01 September, 2018.

According to India’s Disaster Management Division, nearly 300 villages in 12 districts have been affected. The affected districts are: Faizabad, Gonda, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau, Kushinagar, Basti, Ambedkarnagar, Badaun, Santkabirnagar, Ballia and Moradabad

Many of the deaths were a result of collapsing buildings or lightning strikes. Over 220 houses have been damaged or destroyed in the heavy rain and flooding over the last 4 days.

There are currently 59 relief camps to house those displaced. Nine teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), consisting of 221 rescuers with 21 boats have been deployed to affected areas.

Rivers

As of 04 September, India’s Central Water Commission Flood Forecasting Network reported that the Ganges and Ghagra rivers in Uttar Pradesh are at “Orange” warning level (indicating the river is in a “severe flood situation”) in several locations.

Monsoon 2018

The recent flooding brings the number of rain-related deaths in Uttar Pradesh to 256 since the start of this year’s monsoon. Fourteen people are still missing. Almost 350,000 people have been affected and 4,864 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

Featured image: file photo – Floods in Uttar Pradesh, August 2016. Credit: India MoD