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Aug 03, 2013 at 11:17am IST

Uttar Pradesh: Rains wreak havoc on Varanasi, Chandauli

New Delhi: Heavy rains in Varanasi have led to surge in water levels in Ganga. Hundreds of people have been forced to vacate their homes as ghats have been flooded due to incessant rains.

The Chandauli district in Uttar Pradesh is also grappling with rains, where normal life has been hit by heavy flooding. People are being evacuated to safer places from low-lying areas.

However, light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated places over the eastern districts in Uttar Pradesh on Friday while moderate to rather heavy rain and thundershowers were witnessed at isolated places over the western parts of the state.

According to Met office here, chief amount of rainfall recorded in cms are:-Saharanpur-6, Nakur-5 and Ghazipur-1.

The officials forecast rain and thundershowers would occur at few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh and isolated places over the western region.

Meanwhile Central Water Commission sources said that river Ganga was in spate from Fatehgarh to Ballia crossing the red mark at Phaphamau (Allahabad), Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia.

Yamuna continued to flow above the red mark at Hamirpur, Chillghat(Banda ) and Naini (Allahabad) and river Sharda was also flowing above the danger mark at Palia Kalan.

A report from Ballia said that with the water level of Ganga and Ghaghra rivers surging, about 52 villages have been hit as water has also submerged agricultural fields.

District magistrate of Ballia Sunil Kumar Srivasatav said that among the villages, 15 of them have been severely hit and boats were being used to rescue the stranded people.

(With Additional Information From PTI)