Hundreds of mud houses in Bundelkhand have collapsed in one day, which killed five persons in Kalvanganj area of Banda district and Mahoma.

An official informed that it has been raining heavily in the region in the past two days. Heavy rains caused a house to collapse in Kanpur rural on Friday, killing four persons, including two children.

A district administration official told IANS that a financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each has been sanctioned to the next of kin of the deceased. A 12-year-old girl died in Allahabad after her house caved in due to rains and a roof collapse one person in Sitapur.

Owing to heavy accumulation of rain water in Sonbhadra, five gates of the Rihand dam had to be opened late Friday to "ease out the pressure".

Officials said heavy rains in the adjoining areas the water in the reservoir to increase by 20 ft in the past 24-hours. The water which has been released has flooded many areas in Chopan and is likely to flood areas in Bihar as well.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has asked district officials to ensure that the rescue and relief measures with regards to floods were in place. He has also ordered installation of 2,500 hand pumps in flood-hit 21 districts to ensure easy availability of potable water, a government spokesman added.

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