Aug 27, 2013
Lucknow: With major rivers in Uttar Pradesh flowing above the danger mark, several districts in the state, including Allahabad and Gorakhpur were affected by the rising water level, resulting in floods in a number of inhabited areas in these districts.
According to relief commissioner's office in Lucknow, with both Ganga and Yamuna in spate and river water spreading to inhabited areas in Allahabad, people have started moving to safer areas.
Over 6,000 people have taken refuge in the relief camps, it said, adding that some 166 villages of Sadar and Beriya tehsils have been affected and a population of over 2 lakh is affected.
Similarly, in Gorakhpur, 35 villages of Khajni tehsil were affected of which 26 were marooned.
Relief camps have been set up in Hamirpur, Varanasi and other districts as well, the office said. Erosion in Ghaghra has adversely hit Khalilabad, Mehdawal and Dhanghata tehsils in Santkabirnagar.
Central Water Commission sources said that Ganga continued to flow above the danger mark at Phaphamau, Chatnag, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Gazipur and Ballia and was also rising. Ganga was flowing 2.115 mts above the danger mark at Ballia, they said.
Yamuna was also flowing above the red mark at Auraiya, Kalpi, Hamirpu, Chillaghat and Naini, the sources said. River Betwa at Sahijana and Sharda at Palia Kalan were also flowing above the danger mark.
Met office said that light to moderate rains and thundershowers took place at isolated places in the last 24 hours.
Chief amount of rainfall recorded in centimeters are - Kakrahi-6, Bansi-4, Basti, Nagina and Moradabad-3 each.
Uttar Paradesh boarders Uttarakhand and is also where the flat land of India dives under the Himalayas.
ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for June 29, 2013
What is lost in the reports on horrific and record breaking flooding is the role that heaving or shifting ground plays in the inability of water to drain in its accustomed manner. The N American continent is in a bow, the tip of Mexico pulled west while the top part of the continent stays in place. The Aleutian Islands and the tip of Mexico are the ends of the bow. What happens when the land to the east of the Continental Divide is stretched in this manner? Grab the edges of a rumpled blanket and pull it taut and watch the blanket almost rise from the bed. Rivers drain along the lowlands, and when these rise as the land is being stretched, the rivers cannot drain as before.
Examine this aspect of horrific flooding in various parts of the globe. Uttarakhand in India is where the flat land of India dives under the Himalayas. The land is being pushed down, changing the landscape for water that must drain away from this point. Water may drain as it did before, but more slowly, may accumulate at certain points before being released and then break through an earthen dam to be released in a rush. The Eurasian Plate is being stretched, sinkholes and twisting rails a plague from the UK past the Black Sea region and onto the far East. Thus stretched, river bottom lands in many places will interfere with drainage, causing flooding.