Farakka gate opened as five States reel under flood impact


Heavy rain lashes out MP, UP and many other villages of Rajasthan. Due to heavy rain, the water level of Ganga and many of its tributaries got increased. The rain left thousands of people in five States struggling to cope on Monday.

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Looking into the situation, the Central Water Resources Ministry told that all the flood gates of the Farraka barrage in West Bengal must be opened to reduce the danger to Bihar.

In the last two days, heavy rain and flood situation have arised in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Bihar, flood waters spread to Bhojpur, Buxar, Munger, Bhagalpur and Khagaria districts.

Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed concern over the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. He has even told the Centre to support the people who are in danger.

Mr. Modi talked to Chief Ministers Akhilesh Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, official sources said. The situation was also monitoring by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He had spoken to the Chief Ministers of the five states.

National Disaster Response Force has rescued around 26,400 people from the flood situation. The emergency operation was held by around 56 rescue and relief teams. The two Deputy Inspector General-rank officers in Bihar and UP are also monitoring the situation.

“I spoke to the Bihar Chief Secretary,” Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Water Resources Ministry said. “We have directed that all gates of the Farakka barrage be opened. This should help somewhat in managing the flood.”

Around 104 gates of the Farakka barrage have been opened.  In the past week, nearly 10 lakh residents have been affected.

On Sunday, Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, had said that the Farakka blast should have been "evacuated" and a national desilting strategy set up to avoid flooding.

"It is impractical to shield Bihar from crushing surges without evacuation of the Farakka torrent on the Ganga," Nitish Kumar said, before going on a flying review of the surge hit locale.

The blast, worked in 1975 near the Bangladesh fringe, was intended to exchange 1,100 cubic meters for every second of water from the Ganga to the Hoogly to flush out residue. In any case it has been disputable, with grievances that it is tearing up the stream's characteristic stream and influencing amphibian life. The Center says the States need to play a part in overseeing issues with the flood.

Individuals compelled to move to alleviation camps in Bihar challenged at a few spots as they couldn't get nourishment and feed. Numerous occupants of Patna and abutting Vaishali locale moved to help camps.

Comparable dissents by surge influenced groups in Nathnagar of Bhagalpur and Begusarai, Saran and Bakhtiyarpur were accounted for, over absence of government help and alleviation.

In West Bengal, almost 200 individuals were left destitute as a whole town in Malda area was submerged by the Ganga on Sunday.

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