“Floods have so far claimed 28 lives with nine districts of the state being affected by the crisis. Relief and rescue operations have been launched (in the affected areas). In all, around 1,000 to 1,500 villages have been affected by the floods,” Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan informed reporters in Lucknow. The affected districts include Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur, Faizabad and Azamgarh.“A round-the-clock vigil is being maintained. Although the army has not been called in, it has been informed that its help may be required,” he further added. Ranjan informed that Bahraich was the worst flooded area where 202 villages have been affected by floods and 14 were found dead in the area.