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Death Toll in Rain-Related Incidents Rises to 104 in Uttar Pradesh

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The Quint
01st October, 2019 11:37 IST

Over 100 people have died in Uttar Pradesh since last week following incessant rains, with four more deaths being reported on Monday, 30 September from Sonbhadra while hundreds of house have been damaged in the state's eastern districts.

The Ganga river is flowing above the danger mark in Ghazipur and Ballia, where authorities had to shift about 900 inmates of the district jail to other prisons after flood waters entered their barracks.

The meteorological department has forecast more rains and thundershowers in several areas of the state on Tuesday.

The Uttar Pradesh government in a release on Monday said on 26 September, 36 people died, 18 people on 27 September, 28 on 28 September, 18 people on 29 September and four on Monday.

In total, 104 people have died since Thursday, it said.

Besides the Ganga, the Kwano river is flowing above the danger level at Chandradeepghat in Gonda district, according to the statement.

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The four deaths on Monday were reported from Sonbhadra where as many as 219 kuccha houses were also damaged, it said.

"In Sonbhadra, two persons died due to snakebite, while one person died after a wall collapsed due to heavy rain, and another drowned to death in a drain," the statement said.

Of the 18 deaths on Sunday, information about four was received on Monday and these were due to wall collapses, it said.

On 28 September, one person died in Barabanki due to lightning, and another died due to snakebite. One person died in a wall collapse incident in Sultanpur.

On 29 September, as many as 70 kutcha houses were damaged in Sultanpur and 21 huts in Sitapur, it stated. In Pratapgarh, 100 kutcha houses were damaged.

Over 900 Prisoners Shifted as Flood Waters Enter Ballia Jail

In Ballia, four deputy superintendents of police, 20 SHOs, 80 sub inspectors, 146 head constables and 380 constables were deployed to ensure safe shifting of the inmates.

The decision to shift the inmates to other jails was taken to ensure their safety and health, District Magistrate Bhawani Singh Khangaraut said.

There is heavy water logging in the jail premises as of now, the DM said, adding low-lying areas have been also affected.

Of the 900 prisoners, 500 were shifted to the Azamgarh jail and the remaining to Ambedkarnagar, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Ballia, Ram Asrey said.

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The ADM said the jail is near the River Ganga which has been in spate and it is not possible to pump out water as large areas have water.

The meteorological department has predicted rain and thunder showers at many places in eastern Uttar Pradesh on 1 October.

Heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places over western Uttar Pradesh on 1 October.

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