- Title: Floodwater inundates national highway in northern India
- Date: 4th September 2021
- Summary: GORAKHPUR, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 04, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) CARRIER VEHICLES WITH SAND MOVING THROUGH WATERLOGGED ROAD TRUCK POURING SAND TO PREVENT FLOODWATER BREACH FLOODED RIVER TRUCK POURING SAND VILLAGERS WALKING NEAR FLOODED AREA FLOODED AREA VARIOUS OF MOTORCYCLES MOVING THROUGH WATERLOGGED ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) GORAKHPUR RESIDENT, VIPIN KUMAR PANDEY, SAYING: "The floodwater on both sides of the road is about 20-25 feet deep. NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) has been working to make mud embankments on both sides. However, we are still terrified." ELECTRICITY POLE SUBMERGED IN WATER FLOODED ROAD AND EMBANKMENT VARIOUS OF VILLAGERS NEAR FLOODED AREA (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) GORUKHPUR RESIDENT, PAWAN TRIPATHI, SAYING: "The water level has increased to about three feet and has inundated the road. The local authority has completely blocked the highway and has restricted entry for all types of vehicles including four-wheelers and two-wheelers." VARIOUS OF PARTIALLY SUBMERGED BUILDINGS AND TREES
- Embargoed: 18th September 2021 15:37
- Keywords: Gorakhpur India National highway Rapti River Uttar Pradesh boats floods monsoon rains village
- Location: GORAKHPUR, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: GORAKHPUR, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA001ETAYOUN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Swelling rivers have inundated a lot of villages in India's northern Gorakhpur district and blocked a national highway, NH 29 on Saturday (September 04).
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is building embankments on the highway to limit the damage caused by the floods. The swollen Rapti and Aami rivers have swollen blocking NH 29, which connects the town to Varanasi city.
The overflowing Rapti River on Thursday (September 02) had caused damage to temporary dams, submerging several villages in the district where locals along with the state irrigation department tried to cover up the breaches and constructed new resistance barriers to prevent further flooding.
Annual rainfall is essential in India as rains support two-thirds of the 1.25 billion population living in rural areas who rely on farming. But excessive rainfalls cause problems like floods, landslides, and water-borne diseases.
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