Over 70 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in the past one week after heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for most districts in the eastern part of the state.
According to media reports, 26 people were killed on Saturday after rainfall in the state measured 18 times the normal on the previous day. Prayagraj received 102.2 mm of rain, while 84.2 mm was recorded in Varanasi.
According to government data, twelve deaths were reported with two each in Sitapur, Unnao, Firozabad, Gorakhpur, Banda and Balia districts of UP. While one each died in Sharanpur, Lakhimpur, Fatehpur, Prayagraj, Amethi, Chitrakoot, Bulandshahr, Deoria and Sultanpur districts.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday directed district magistrates of the state to review the areas flooded. A compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of the deceased has been announced.
“Immediate relief should be given to those affected and arrangements for treatment should also be made for those who have sustained injuries in incidents occurring due to heavy rainfall.”
Schools in many districts including Lucknow, Amethi, Hardoi were closed on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Ganga River in Ballia has reached a level of 1.3 m above the danger mark.