Saturday, 16 August 2014

River Rapti in Balrampur district of UP flows above danger mark

NEW DELHI: River Rapti in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh is flowing above danger mark, leaving many villages with sizable population in the district quite vulnerable.

Issuing flood alert for the entire area that fall along the river on its both sides, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday afternoon said, "The river Rapti is now flowing in high flood situation".

The 'high flood situation' (HFS) is considered quite dangerous, specifically when water level in the river continues to rise.

The CWC in its report said, " At 8 AM on Saturday, the river was flowing at a level of 104.79 meters with a rising trend. This is 0.17 meters above its danger level of 104.62 meters and 0.46 meters below its previous HFL of 105.25 meters recorded on September 11, 2000".

The river Rapti falls in the Ganga basin and flows near Suhelva sanctuary.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) of the central government, under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, took stock of the preparedness in the wake of floods in Nepal.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have also been kept ready for rescue operations in Nepal, if required.

"Three helicopters have been kept on the stand-by at Gorakhpur for this purpose", said an official statement of the ministry of water resources.

It said, "Flood situation in UP, Bihar and recent heavy rains and cloudburst in Uttarakhand were also reviewed with the state governments".



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