Almost 1000 villages spread over 9 districts were severely affected by floods in Uttar Pradesh. The floods were caused after a cloudburst on the intervening night of 15 to 16 August, in Nepal. After the cloudburst, Nepal was forced to release water into the Rapti and Ghagra rivers which spelt devastation for villages on the Indo-Nepal border in both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 80 people have been reported dead and several acres of agricultural land is submerged, while relief efforts continue.
Faizabad district. The Kazipur Majha area in Faizabad’s Maya block has borne the brunt of flash floods almost every year. The village head Durgawati said that almost 1600 acres of cultivable land has been submerged. It is likely that crops on this land will be completely devastated. The lekhpal (land record keeper) of the village Shivkumar said that a list of those who have suffered losses has been prepared but only those who have lost over 50 percent of their assets will be eligible for compensation.
Dayanath Chauhan, a resident of the area, said that this was the state of affairs every year in Kazipur Majha. Each year, little to no compensation was given to the people. He pointed out that even the village school was inundated with water and as a result children’s education has also been affected. Susheela, the A.N.M. from the village said that after almost a week, the Sub Divisional Magistrate had visited the area and kerosene was distributed to the families on 21 August. Meanwhile those at the Board of Flood Control in Faizabad claim that their team has been visiting the area regularly and that the situation is under control.
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