NEW DELHI: Over 200 villages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh were marooned on Saturday with the river Rapti flowing above danger mark. The rising level has left many other villages with seizable population in Bahraich, Gonda, Shrawasti and Lakhimpur districts quite vulnerable.
Rising water level also posed threat to the Suhelva Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its Tiger, Leopard, Bear and Boar.
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 in Balrampur district of UP 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 8am 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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