UP: More than 1,000 people have been rescued from near the river Ganges

UP: More than 1,000 people have been rescued from near the river Ganges

Search for those swept away by Ontario floodwaters during storm comes up empty



May 27, 2017, 9:00 PM IST

May 27, 2017, 9:00 PM IST


Amal Sharma The Indian Express

The flood waters had taken their toll on the people of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Orissa, but many never came back, only to be swept away, according to police and relief officials. The numbers kept growing in those flood ravaged areas, as the waters continued to rise, leaving many dead and missing, the officials said on Monday.

The police and relief officials said that the death toll rose to about 200, as the water engulfed several towns and districts of south India.

“We have received information of at least 200 deaths in Uttar Pradesh and in Uttarakhand,” Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

He said that more than 1,500 people have been rescued from flood stricken Uttar Pradesh, after water levels reached at least 14 feet in and around the holy city of Varanasi.

“Bihar, Orissa, Meghalaya and Assam too were hit by the deluge. The death toll is estimated to be at least 1,000,” said an official from Uttarakhand.

“We have brought back 12,000 stranded people so far. The government is looking into a plan to provide all the relief to the affected people,” Chief Minister, Mr Rawat told HT.

The state reported that more than 1,000 people were rescued from near the river Ganges. A large number of people are yet to be rescued. Mr Rawat urged people to seek shelter.

“We are appealing the people to seek shelters, as early as possible. We have been issuing advisories on the loudspeakers and radio to people in flood-prone areas,” he said.

“The situation is extremely serious, as the flood waters have inundated villages for several days. People cannot move out of their houses,” Mr Rawat said.

Mr Rawat also said that flood relief operations are on at an all time high.

“Our state chief minister, the entire administration, has been alerted

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