Tigers, elephants escape flooding Dudhwa (India)


Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Over 200 villages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh were marooned on Saturday with the river Rapti flowing above the danger mark. The rising water level has left many other villages with sizeable population in Bahraich, Gonda, Shrawasti and Lakhimpur districts vulnerable.
The rising Rapti also poses a threat to the Suhelva Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its tigers, leopards, bears and boars.
Issuing a flood alert for the entire area that fall along the river on both its sides, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday afternoon said, “The river Rapti in Balrampur district of UP is now flowing in high flood situation”.
The river Rapti falls in the Ganga basin and flows near Suhelva sanctuary.
The ‘high flood situation’ (HFS) is considered quite dangerous, specifically when water level in the river continues to rise.
The CWC in its report said,” At 8 AM on Saturday, the river was flowing at a level of 104.79 meters with a rising trend. This is 0.17 meters above its danger level of 104.62 meters and 0.46 meters below its previous HFL of 105.25 meters recorded on September 11, 2000″. By 6pm water in the river had gone up to 104.99 metres.
River Ghagra at Elginbridge in Barabanki district at UP was also flowing at 107.05 metres at 8pm on Saturday which was 0.99 metres above the danger mark.
Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) of the Central government, under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, took stock of the preparedness in the wake of floods in Nepal.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have also been kept ready for rescue operations in Nepal, if required.
“Three helicopters have been kept on stand-by at Gorakhpur for this purpose”, said an official statement of the ministry of water resources.
It said, “Flood situation in UP, Bihar and recent heavy rains and cloudburst in Uttarakhand were also reviewed with the state governments”.