STORY: Heavy rains in various parts of northern India swelled the water in Hindu holy river, Ganges, creating a flood-like situation and disrupting normal life in the temple town of Varanasi and in holy city Allahabad.
Local residents on Wednesday (September 12), said that the water level of River Ganges was increasing rapidly since the last five days due to incessant rains and now the first level of stairs at the ‘ghats’ was completely submerged during the course of last night.
Meanwhile, Allahabad was left with water-logged streets and flooded localities after heavy rains pounded the city.
Rainfall is important for India as a major section of its 1.2 billion population is engaged in farming and depends on rains. However, excessive monsoon rains this year caused major rivers across India to swell causing floods and widespread loss of property and life.