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From Blue to Blown: Unable to Endure the Storm, How a House in UP's Ballia Was Reduced to Dust in 30 Seconds

Meteorological Centre in Lucknow has predicted thundershowers and lightning for the next three hours at isolated places all over the state.

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Updated:September 15, 2019, 7:44 PM IST
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From Blue to Blown: Unable to Endure the Storm, How a House in UP's Ballia Was Reduced to Dust in 30 Seconds
The house moments before the fall (L). The house after the fall (R).

New Delhi: As heavy rainfall continues to pound Uttar Pradesh, a house in UP's Ballia district crumbled to ground within seconds. In a video by news agency ANI, a house in Keharpur village of Bairia Tehsil is seen standing near the Ganga river but with winds gushing all around, the house collapses within seconds, leaving behind a huge cloud of dust. No casualties have been reported till now.

Meteorological Centre in Lucknow has predicted thundershowers and lightning for the next three hours (valid up to 8:35 pm) at isolated places over Agra, Hathras, Etah, Mainpuri, Etah, Kasganj, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Etawah, Jalaun, Mahoba, Hardoi, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Hardoi, Sitapur, Barabanki, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkarnagar, Basti, Gonda and Bahraich.

Major rivers in Uttar Pradesh were in spate and some of them were flowing above the danger mark due to release of water from various dams, official sources said on Sunday.

According to a Central Water Commission (CWC) report, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark in Ballia and Ghazipur. In Varanasi, Allahabad and Badaun, the water level in the river is nearing the danger mark.

Similarly, the Yamuna is flowing above the danger mark in Hamipur and Chillaghat (Banda), the Betwa river is above the red mark in Hamirpur. The Sharda and Ghagra rivers are above the red mark in Palliakalan (Lakhimpur) and Elgin Bridge in Barabanki respectively, it said.

The rise is water level in rivers are due to release of water from various dams in the state. The state government has issued instructions for immediate relief and rescue measures in the affected villages.

(With inputs from PTI)

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