Downpour wreaks havoc in eastern UP

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TNN | Sep 26, 2011, 05.49AM IST

LUCKNOW: The weather in the city turned pleasant due to overcast skies and drizzle all day long on Sunday, but it wreaked havoc in other districts of the state. Incessant rain in east UP - with the heaviest rainfall of the season in Varanasi, Jaunpur and Mirzapur - claimed over 30 lives and left over 40 injured . The normal life was thrown out of gear in the districts bordering Bihar and Jharkhand. The rail and road traffic was also badly hit. The weatherman predicted that similar conditions would prevail on Monday.

The state government confirmed 27 deaths in separate rain-related incidents. At least 18 people, including five of a family in Gaurabadshahpur village, died in Jaunpur in wall and housecollapse incidents. Nine persons were killed in similar accidents in Mirzapur. Three deaths were reported from Varanasi and two in Ghazipur .

The state has announced a grant of Rs 2 crore for relief work in the districts hit by heavy rain and flash floods. The relief units of PAC and national disaster relief force were sent to the affected areas for rescue operations and Rs 1 lakh compensation has been announced for each family, who lost a member. The administrative officials of various districts were put on high alert. This monsoon, the government has released Rs 32.16 crore for flood-relief , so far.

Meanwhile, over 20 trains, including Rajdhani Express on the Delhi-Howrah route, were delayed by 10-12 hours due to flooding of railway tracks and failure of signalling system at Mughalsarai Junction and Varanasi railway station.

In Lucknow, people woke up to overcast skies on Sunday . After a downpour in the morning, intermittent drizzles kept weather pleasant all day long. The maximum temperature dropped to 26.2 degrees Celsius, which was seven degrees below normal. Notably, the difference between the maximum and minimum temperatures was only of two degrees, with the minimum temperature recorded as 24 degrees Celsius. Total rainfall was recorded as 19.1mm. The Met department predicted that similar weather conditions would prevail on Monday, but skies would clear by Tuesday.

"However, rainfall will continue in east UP till Tuesday and the weather is expected to return to normal from Wednesday," said state Met director J P Gupta.

Major rivers are rising in state

LUCKNOW: The weather in the city turned pleasant due to overcast skies and drizzle all day long on Sunday , but it wreaked havoc in other districts of the state.

The low pressure area formed due to temperature variation got converted into a depression over east UP and adjoining Jharkhand and Bihar.

This depression is responsible for the rains. When a low pressure turns deep and strong, in Met terminology it is referred to as a depression. The pressure generated by the depression got moisture-feed from the Bay of Bengal resulting in rain. Notably, the monsoon has started withdrawing from the country.

Meanwhile, the major rivers were in spate in the state following heavy rain. The water level of Ganga in Varanasi was rising at the rate of 3cm per hour.

The rivers Rapti, Ghagra , Sharda, Gomti and Son were also rising alarmingly in eastern UP districts. The sluice gates of the Rihand Dam were opened in Sonbhadra due to increase in the water level. While Varanasi recorded 300mm rains in the last 24 hours, Jaunpur received 120mm, Mirzapur 150mm, Sonbhadra 130mm, Faizabad 90mm, Robertsganj 280mm and Chandauli 150mm of rain.