Heavy monsoon rains affecting the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh over the past couple of days have inundated at least 357 villages across 21 districts, as of August 9, 2021.
The worst-affected are the districts of Hamirpur and Jalun in the region of Bundelkhand, which usually experiences below normal to normal rain.
According to NDTV, the Yamuna river in the region is flowing above the danger mark in at least 5 places. In addition, a primary school in the Gonda district of eastern Uttar Pradesh was washed away on August 8 after a rise in the water levels of the Ghahara river.
97 of 357 affected villages have been completely cut off.
Ganga river is currently flowing about 2 m (6.5 feet) above the danger level due to the discharge of large amounts of water from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, leading to flooding of 50 villages.
The Uttar Pradesh government asked all concerned officials to maintain a close vigil on the situation. People living in low-lying areas have started shifting to safer places, ANI News reports.
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