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Bagaha : River Gandak, which was flowing about 300 metres away from Amawa Khas embankment in Kushinagar District in UP before monsoon, touched the embankment on September 22, 2019. A Ring Bund, which constructed for safety of Amawa Khas embankment, had breached on September 20, 2019, itself and the breach widened to 50 metres on September 22. Kushinagar District administration has sounded high alert in view of the vulnerable condition of Amawa Khas embankment and asked residents of adjoining villages to shift to safer places.
Ajay Kumar Lallu, Congress MLA from Sewarahi assembly constituency in UP, was seen assisting the villagers in shifting to safer places on September 22. He held the engineers of Water Resources Department in Kushinagar District responsible for the situation. He said that the UP Government had failed to protect the people from the flood.
The engineers of Flood Control Wing of Water Resources Department in Kushinagar District, UP, are facing trouble in checking the erosion allegedly due to acute shortage of flood protection materials. Soil packed bags are being used to check erosion instead of sand bags (Nylon crates). But, Water Resources Department Superintending Engineer (SE), Gorakhpur, UP, K K Rai, denied all these charges and said the flood fighting work had been intensified. Sources said that this embankment had breached in 2002 too inundating a major part of Kushinagar District and around a dozen panchayats under Thakaraha Block in West Champaran District in North Bihar.
Meanwhile, Junaid Khan, BDC, Thakaraha, also held UP engineers responsible for the grim flood situation.