Owing to heavy rains, swollen Ganga Floods low lying areas in Varanasi

The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river

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(Representational Image) Varanasi Flood 2013. Image Source: YouTube.com
  • The Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh
  • The river had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark
  •  Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine

Owing to heavy rains the Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh, while one of its tributaries has inundated some areas here, officials said on Monday.
The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river, which originates near Bhadohi and joins the Ganga in Varanasi, the officials said.

 

The Ganga had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark. The administration has taken flood prevention measures and urged people living near the banks of the Ganga to move to safer places.

Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

The Manikarnika Ghat, used for cremations, is on the verge of being swallowed up by the Ganga, a resident told IANS.

Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine.

Ensuring necessary safety measures,the administration has banned the small boats and steamers on the Ganga. (IANS )

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  • AJ Krish

    Evacuations should take place before the water reaches the danger mark. Warnings should be issued and the disaster management team must be kept on standby.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This more than normal rainfall will prove not only an advantage but also a disadvantage too. It will increase the flood risks in the country just like in Varanasi.