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UP rains: CM Adityanath asks Allahabad, Varanasi to remain vigilant as Ganga, Yamuna swell


LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed officials in Allahabad and Varanasi districts to remain vigilant as the water levels in Ganga and Yamuna rivers neared the danger mark.

Heavy rains over the past few days have caused the rivers to swell.

A senior official said authorities in Allahabad and Varanasi have been asked to make all necessary arrangements to deal with the situation and flood 'chowkis', to monitor the water levels in the rivers, have been activated.

A report from Banda district said continued rainfall in the Bundelkhand region and release of water in the Yamuna had led to flooding in many areas in Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot districts.

Yamuna, Ken, and Betwa rivers are in spate and several acres of agricultural land have been submerged, it said.

Banda District Magistrate Hiralal said incessant rains over the past four days have hit normal life, with water entering villages and damaging roads.

People of the affected areas are being shifted to safer places in boats, he said.

Adityanath had conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Ballia on Tuesday and distributed relief material. He asked the officials of the irrigation department to ensure the safety of bridges and embankments by undertaking regular inspections so that remedial steps can be taken promptly.

At least 14 people were killed in rain-related incidents, including lightning and drowning, in the state on Tuesday. Adityanath has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the victims.