Varanasi: With water level of the Ganga increasing alarmingly again, fresh threat of flood has come to haunt locals living in low-lying areas of Varanasi and Ballia district in the downstream.
The area of Varuna corridor project has also submerged.
The Ganga has started inundating ghats in Varanasi again. It has also started flooding its tributary river Varuna.
As per reports of Central Water Commissions middle Ganga division, the water level of the Ganga had crossed the mark of 69 mt by 6 pm on Friday against the warning level of 70.26 mt and danger mark at 71.26 mt.
In Ballia, Ganga was flowing at of 57.56 mt against the danger mark of 57.61 mt. The rate of increase in water level was recorded as five centimeter per hour.
The river was also inching closer to danger mark in Ghazipur while rising trend was maintained in upstream in Allahabad and Mirzapur.
Families, who had returned after leaving ghats between August 18 and 25, in localities like Nakkhighat, Puranapul, Pulkohna, Saraiyya and other low lying areas along river Varuna are again bound to shift to safer places once again. Large number of people have shifted to roofs of their houses.
ADM (finance) and nodal officer for flood Satish Pal said a team of district administration, police, PACs flood unit, NDRF, health and other departments had been alerted immediately after the water level of Ganga touched the mark of 68 mt. It led to introduction of boats for rescue operations in river Varuna while all 36 flood posts in city area and four in rural belt have been made functional.
It may be recalled here that after touching the mark of 69.97 mt on August 22 the water level in Ganga had started receding.
As the river had started flowing at the mark of 66.24 mt on September 11 the organisers of daily Ganga Aarti, Subah-e-Banaras and priests had started cleaning platforms at ghats to take the events back to heir places. However, it has been shifted back to upstairs. Problems at cremation grounds of Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghats also increased again due to submerging of almost all lower platforms.