- Holy city flooded, Hindus lighting funeral pyres on terraces
- River Ganga flowing as high as roofs of some houses near ghats
- Knee-high water in congested lanes leading to Ganga
"It's been a tradition for generations in our family to cremate our dead here. So coming here was non-negotiable, despite the flood," said Mr Singh, 34, to NDTV. Later, he scattered his grandfather's ashes into the river which was flowing nearly as high as the terrace where the funeral pyre was lit.
The Ganga has crossed the danger mark and is flowing close to its level in 1978, when it overflowed into the streets of the holy city.
More than 2,00,000 people have been forced from their homes in recent days in eastern Uttar Pradesh as rain-swollen rivers burst their banks.