Schools Closed in Allahabad, Varanasi Due To Floods

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LUCKNOW:  Flood situation worsened in several parts of Uttar Pradesh and schools were closed for the next few days in Allahabad and Balia, officials said today. District magistrate Sanjay Kumar ordered closure of the schools for the next two days as the Ganga river waters were raging entering the city in Allahabad, In Allahabad, Indian Air Force choppers were being used to drop relief material, food and other commodities in the flood hit areas. More than 45 localities have been hit by the floods and water has entered thousands of homes in Allahabad. All schools in Ballia have been closed till August 27, district magistrate Govind Raju said. An embankment here started breaching late on Monday after which the Army was requisitioned and people evacuated. An official said, the breach has since been plugged. Over 16 lakh people have been affected by the floods in Poorvanchal – eastern Uttar Pradesh, alone and a huge population was relocated, the official said. More than 200 villages have been affected in Varanasi and 500 houses were under water due to the raging Varuna river here. National Disaster Response Force personnel have been involved in rescue operations in five flood hit districts of Gonda, Ballia, Varanasi, Balrampur and Allahabad.]]>

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