NEW DELHI

Army out in U.P. for evacuation

LUCKNOW: The Kanpur district administration on Wednesday sought the Army's help to evacuate people from as many as 12 riverine villages that have been marooned following embankment erosion due to release of 25,000 cusec of water from the Ganga barrage. Meanwhile, the Amarnath Yatra was suspended for a day due to continuous downpour in Pahalgam and Baltal-- the base camps of the yatra in Kashmir.

Reports from Kanpur said Army units have been called from Bareilly while four compnies of the PAC along with 12 motorboats have been pressed into service to evacuate over 4,000 people in the 12 marooned villages.

The marooned villages are Chainpurwa, Dharmakheda, Devanipurwa, Lakhawakheda, Katari Rampur, Ganga Rampur, Chhota Mangalpur, Bara Mangalpur, Nathapurwa, Lodhwakheda, and Shankar Sarai.

Meanwhile, the three major rivers in the State, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Ken continued their receding trend during the last 24 hours. According to Central Water Commission here, the steady decline in the Ganga continued in Varanasi (67.01 m), Mirzapur (71.96 m), Phaphamau (79.23 m), Ballia (57.03 m) and Kanpur (111.15 m). The river, however, was rising in Dalmau and Fatehgarh.

According to the Divisional Commissioner (Jammu region) B. R. Sharma, the decision to suspend the pilgrimage for a day was taken as all the camps housing pilgrims at the base camps were already occupied and there was no space left for more pilgrims. The pilgrims were stranded at two places in Kashmir due to incessant rains in south Kashmir areas.

The yatra would resume on Thursday if the weather permitted, he added.

Southwest monsoon has been active in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal as intermittent rains since Tuesday night caused water-logging in several parts of Kolkata as the maximum and minimum temperatures came down by three and two degrees respectively to record at 33.6 and 25.5 degrees Celsius. The city received 38 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The weather office has forecast a cloudy day on Thursday with light rains or thundershowers in and around the city.

Three persons, including, two children have been killed and seven injured when lightning struck them at Tambo village near Chaibasa in West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, a report from Ranchi said.

Haryana situation

Special Correspondent adds from Chandigarh: The Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Irrigation, Anil Razdan, on Wednesday reviewed the flood arrangements made by the Yamunanagar district administration to cope with eventuality of floods.

He also inspected the embankments of the Yamuna river, Mandewala area, Dadupur, Tajewala and its distributaries.

A spokesman of the Irrigation Department said that local youth had been put on "Theekri Pehra" on the bridges, embankments and ring bandhs to report any sudden increase in the water level.

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