Varanasi: The water level of the Ganga River rose above the danger mark on Thursday in Varanasi after eight years following heavy monsoon rains across Uttar Pradesh. This has led to the inundation of low-lying areas of the city on Thursday. Worryingly, the river has continued to rise at 1 centimetre per hour.
The water level of the holy river crossed 72-centimetre mark after eight whole years in Varanasi. The danger mark of the river in the city is marked at 71.26 centimetres.
Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been conducting rescue and relief operations for flood victims.
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a detailed conversation with the Varanasi administration regarding the flood-related situation.
The Prime Minister assured all possible support while taking stock of the situation. The water levels of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers have crossed the danger mark at several places in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, the increasing water of level of Ganga caused an alert in Patna.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave instructions to the officials to make full preparations to tackle the floods which might originate in the low-lying areas near the river.