Central Water Resources Commission and NDMA said that the water level is however below the 1978 record mark of 65.22 meters. But that is little consolation to people living in the district.
As the water level continues to rise because of heavy rains, hectares of agricultural land have become inundated, the roads are submerged and water has entered many houses in the low lying areas of the district forcing the people to vacate them for safer areas.
The stairs that lead to some of the famous riverbanks in Ghazipur city are under water. People residing in houses close to the Ganga are cautiously watching the rising water level, which according to observers is rising at the rate of 2 cm/hour.
Since it is the only link to reach safe ground, people are being forced to take it at the risk of their lives.
The district administration has issued a warning and said that it is prepared for the flood situation. Jamnia, Saidpur, Mohammadbad and Sadar tehsils have been badly affected by the floods.
River Ganga flows in spate behind the Shiv Mandir in Bada Mahadev Colony. Suno
Rains have wreaked havoc in many parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The situation is grim in riverine districts of Bahraich, where the Ghagra river breached an embankment, in Allahabad and Varanasi, too. People in these areas too are escaping to safer areas.