Lucknow, August 22: The number of flood related deaths in Uttar Pradesh has risen to 72. Nearly 20 lakh people across 24 districts of the state have been hit by the floods. Nearly 40,000 people have taken shelter in various relief camps. NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued relief and rescue operations in the worst hit areas.
The Sharda river was flowing above the red mark in several areas. Standing crops spread over more than two lakh hectares have been destroyed. Around one lakh flood affected people have been shifted to safer places. More than six thousand kachha and pukka houses are destroyed. Twenty companies of NDRF and twenty nine companies of PAC have been deployed for relief and rescue operations.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Gorakhpur on Sunday, directed officials to provide relief material to affected people and speed up rescue operations.
Meanwhile, movement of vehicles and trains has been disrupted on Gorakhpur-Lucknow highway, Gorakhpur-Deoria and Gorakhpur- Maharajganj Nepal route. In view of the flood, the Gorakhpur district administration has ordered closure of schools and colleges till August 23.